The Great Debate on Education, Youth Unemployment and the MSC

  • Dan Finn
Part of the Youth Questions book series (YQ)


As a new generation of working class youth became acclimatised to an extended period of compulsory schooling, the educational consensus out of which RSLA had been created was disintegrating. Rather than opportunities for social mobility, an increasing number of minimum age school leavers were confronted with more or less extended periods of unemployment. It seemed that young people had become less acceptable to employers and their exclusion from the labour market was to generate problems of social control and political legitimacy.


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    The government had wanted to eliminate the levy-grant system entirely, but met resistance from the TUC and CBI who feared a total loss of control over training to a centralised state agency. The compromise was the levy-grant exemption system which formalised small company eligibility for grants and state provision without a levy obligation. In addition, companies could win levy exemption by internal evaluation of their training activity compared with company requirements. That is, company-specific criteria for training quality replaced industry-imposed standards. The 1973 Act marked a retreat from the position of 1964, and undermined the ability of ITBs to provide counter-cyclical training when individual employers were experiencing financial constraints (Goldstein, 1984, p. 97).Google Scholar

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