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Work and qualifications futures for artisans and technicians

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Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

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Gamble, Jeanne


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This report offers a set of findings that synthesises the results of the four sector studies that make up the empirical component of the research study, Work and Qualifications Futures for Artisans and Technicians, under Theme 6 of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP). The four studies were: Boat Building (684907 Boat Builder and Repairer) (Researcher: Vanessa Davidson); Engineering (671203 Mechatronics Technician) (Researcher: Carel Garisch); Film Production (Camera Assistant) (Researcher: Jane Gallagher); and Tourism and Hospitality (681201 Confectionery Baker) (Researcher: Marianne Spies). In support of labour market planning, the main research question was: What knowledge and skill does a 21st century artisan need? To address this question, sector studies were designed as a series of four interlocking contexts to interrogate change to 1) sector and company futures, 2) workplace culture futures, 3) work futures for artisans/technicians and 4) artisanal qualification futures. The report draws on the evidence emerging from the sector studies (Boatbuilding, Engineering, Tourism and Hospitality, and Film Production) to argue that understanding labour process variations and their impact on diagnostic and problem-solving at the intermediate level provides a solid basis for supply-side planning. The research findings show how such information constitutes an important resource for the interpretation of macro-labour market trends identified in quantitative model-based projections and/or employer surveys. It illustrates the important contribution qualitative sector studies can make to systems planning, especially as these take the actual work process as starting point, rather than an 'imaginary curriculum'.

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