Organisational Accreditation and Worker Upskilling in Britain

32 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018

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Getinet A. Haile

Policy Studies Institute (PSI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Mannheim

Abstract

Britain has lagged behind the G7 countries in labour productivity in recent years. There is also an emerging concern about a potential post-Brexit skills deficit. Upskilling the existing workforce via on-the-job training may be a vital policy tool available. Using a panel of organisations and their 'Investors in People' accreditation status, this paper empirically examines if accreditation promotes upskilling. Fixed effects estimates reveal that accreditation enhances on-the-job training but only in private sector organisations. Difference-in-differences estimates using unaccredited and di-accredited organisations as alternative matched comparators reinforce the FE findings. Policy may have to further engender accreditation schemes that boost worker upskilling to address the productivity concerns and to cope with the rapid technological changes better.

Keywords: on-the-job training, organisation, accreditation, impact, panel data

JEL Classification: J24, L5, M53, D22

Suggested Citation

Haile, Getinet Astatike, Organisational Accreditation and Worker Upskilling in Britain. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11479. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3170268

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