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The paradox of vocational education

Alison Wolf (King's College London)

Wednesday 07 December 2022 18:30 - 20:00

This event is both online and in person

Hong Kong Theatre, CLM 01, Ground Floor, Clement House, LSE, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF

About this event

Why is academic education triumphant in a skills-hungry labour market?

Governments around the world are increasingly preoccupied with the financial ''returns'' to education; and yet are overseeing the destruction of long-established and once-effective vocational education systems. Why is this? And is it inevitable?

Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and she sits as a cross-bench peer (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich) in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in: training and skills policy including apprenticeships and the role of universities in modern societies. Professor Wolf has been seconded part-time to central government since 2020, as an expert adviser on skills and manpower policy. In 2022 she was appointed to the advisory council for the UK government’s levelling up strategy.

Richard Layard is co-director of the community wellbeing programme in the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.

This public event is free and open to all. This event will be a hybrid event, with an in-person audience and an online audience. 
For the online event: Registration for this event on Zoom will open after 10am on Wednesday 16 November.
For the in-person event: No ticket or pre-registration is required. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ.

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This event will take place in Hong Kong Theatre, CLM 01, Ground Floor, Clement House, LSE, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF.

The building is labelled CLM on the map.

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