and training, new job skill needs and the low-skilled
project addresses the unprecedented change that has overtaken the lowskilled
on the European labour market: the gap between the earnings of the low-skilled
and the higher-skilled has widened, resulting from large real wage gains
at the top of the earnings scale and stagnant real wages at the lower end
distribution; the low-skilled are increasingly likely to experience spells
of unemployment - in particular long-term unemployment. The causes of the
deterioration are structural, unlikely to be removed simply as a result
of improvements in economic growth. The changing situation of the low-skilled
on the labour market has therefore turned out to be a pressing social,
educational and economic problem. Based on an investigation of the processes
and factors of this change, the project aims to put forward some principles
which could underpin a ‘platform for learning’ which could be promoted
throughout Europe to help raise the potential of those with low or no qualifications
on the labour market (McIntosh 1999, p.
final project report (McIntosh 1999) goes
into the methodological issues of investigating the changing situation
of the low-skilled on the labour market in an interdisciplinary approach.
also project info on NEWSKILLS.