Regional governance of skill supply and demand: implications for youth transitions

Valiente, O. and Capsada-Munsech, Q. (2021) Regional governance of skill supply and demand: implications for youth transitions. In: Bürgi, R. and Gonon, P. (eds.) Governance Revisited: Challenges and Opportunities for Vocational Education and Training. Series: Studies in vocational and continuing education (20). Peter Lang: Bern, pp. 303-330. ISBN 9783034342872

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Abstract

Coordinating skill supply and demand is a core governance task of skill formation systems. An effective coordination of the organisation and processes that link individual educational aspirations and employers’ needs for skilled labour should contribute to the reduction of skills mismatches in youth employment and make youth transitions smoother. The paper analyses how the institutional architecture of different types of skill formation regimes is enacted by sub-national actors across regions with contrasting socioeconomic characteristics in three European countries. The paper shows that the very institutional design of a skill formation regime creates its own governance challenges for the coordination of skill supply and demand, which results into different forms of social exclusion and interruption of youth transitions. The effectiveness of national institutional designs in the coordination of skill supply and demand also varies largely depending on regional labour markets. Finally, the paper shows how regional actors try to respond to the coordination challenges created by the skill formation regime through remedial lifelong learning policies usually funded through European funding, but these responses tend to be undermined by institutional factors that are beyond their control.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Skill formation, skill mismatch, regional governance, youth transition, lifelong learning.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Valiente, Professor Oscar and Capsada-Munsech, Dr Queralt
Authors: Valiente, O., and Capsada-Munsech, Q.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Educational Leadership & Policy
Publisher:Peter Lang
ISBN:9783034342872
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Peter Lang
First Published:First published in Governance Revisited: Challenges and Opportunities for Vocational Education and Training: 303-330
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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