Training and life satisfaction: a disrupted pathway to better work

Tregaskis, Olga ORCID: and Nandi, Alita (2023) Training and life satisfaction: a disrupted pathway to better work. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. (In Press)

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Training is identified as a key feature of good quality work. However, labour market education and training in the UK operates within a weak institutional context, state interest is reserved to supply issues leaving many to argue that employer demand for a skilled labour market is constrained, and the burden for investment in training left with the individual. Can adult training in the UK offer a pathway to better work and life outcomes, particularly for those already disadvantaged? Using a longitudinal nationally representative data set, the UK’s Understanding Society initiative (2010-2020), we estimate a life satisfaction model using Fixed Effects methods to identify the effects of different types of training and their intensity on life satisfaction. We assess how the impact of training on life satisfaction is moderated by the socio-demographic characteristics of the learner i.e. employment status, gender, ethnicity & migration status, age and deprivation of the area in which they live. Our sample comprises 57,941 individuals, and as sample members were interviewed multiple times over a 10-year period yielding 292,517 person-year observations. Results show, work and non-work training is a significant pathway for some disadvantaged groups, but advantaged groups continue to benefit. These results point to the need to create stronger policy mechanisms that ensure higher quality training is accessible and tailored to different groups to effect life chances. We suggest greater co-creation of training solutions with involvement of learners through community networks, and social actions groups may also facilitate more effective localised solutions, and work in tandem with the UK policy terrain to support better work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: training,life-satisfaction,inequalities,sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2023 08:31
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2023 08:31

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