Skill ecosystems

John Buchanan, Pauline Anderson, Gail Power

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Recent interest in skill ecosystems and initiatives associated with their reform represent the latest manifestation of a long-standing tradition of skills analysis which recognizes the importance of the context in which skills are developed and used. Whilst the original academic literature on the topic was primarily concerned with understanding and promoting high skill ecosystems, this chapter examines national approaches to policy and practice concerned with improving ecosystems associated with workers with low and middle-levels skills. Most of this chapter refers to developments in Australia, the UK and US. All the elements for successful skill ecosystem reform are in existence across these case study countries but they are not co-located. Enduring transformations to skill contexts required for effective change is therefore hard to achieve.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training
EditorsChris Warhurst, Ken Mayhew, David Finegold, John Buchanan
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780199655366
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2017


  • Low and Middle Skills
  • Skill Contexts
  • Skill Ecosystem Reform
  • Skills Policy and Practice


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