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Nilsson, S. & Rubenson, K. (2014). On the determinants of employment-related organised education and informal learning. Studies in Continuing Education, 36(3), 304-321
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the determinants of employment-related organised education and informal learning
2014 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 36, no 3, p. 304-321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the distribution of employment-related organised education and informal learning in the Canadian workforce. The paper draws on a large-scale survey, the Changing Nature of Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL), which was based on structured and standardised telephone interviews with a representative sample of 5783 Canadian members of the employed labour force. In exploring the determinants facilitating employment-related informal learning, three analytical categories of factors derived from previous research on learning participation were used: individual-level factors, job characteristics and workplace environment. The analyses focus on differences in individuals, jobs and workplace characteristics among adult workers who acquired or improved their job-related skills through different training pathways. In addition, analyses were performed to compare the extent to which these factors differ in their influence on learning decisions among workers who combine both organised education and informal learning and those who receive only informal learning. The results indicate that important predictors of participation in employment-related organised education and informal learning are age, educational attainment, learning skills, occupational class, education-job relation, degree of autonomy, degree of labour intensity, principal area of production and organisation size.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Keywords
Informal learning, Organised education, Formal learning, Workplace learning, job characteristics
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102837 (URN)10.1080/0158037X.2014.904785 (DOI)000342322700005 ()
Available from: 2014-01-01 Created: 2014-01-01 Last updated: 2017-12-06
Nilsson, S. & Nyström, S. (2013). Adult learning, education, and the labour market in the employability regime. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 4(2), 171-187
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adult learning, education, and the labour market in the employability regime
2013 (English)In: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, ISSN 2000-7426, E-ISSN 2000-7426, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 171-187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to draw on the research and scholarly literature to explore the changing discourses and perspectives concerning adult learning, education, and the labour market in the employability regime. The focus of the nalysis is a Nordic context. The dominant employability regime maintains a technical-rational perspective on learning and employability. Education is predominantly regarded as an instrumental preparation for the labour market. The future demands of the labour market are largely unknown, however, and vocational and professional training may not provide sufficient preparation for the increasing complexities of work. Theoretical discussions have been dominated by an alleged mismatch between individual competence and the qualifications that are required in the world of work. There is no consensus regarding how the gap should be described, explained, or bridged. New demands on educational design have emerged, and ideas related to liberal education and ‘bildung’ have been reinserted into the political agenda, offering general preparation for a wider array of challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013
Keywords
adult education; Nordic welfare regime; employability; competence; labour market
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102839 (URN)10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9007 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-01-01 Created: 2014-01-01 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. & Ekberg, K. (2013). Employability and work ability: returning to the labour market after long-term absence. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, 44(4), 449-457
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Employability and work ability: returning to the labour market after long-term absence
2013 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 449-457Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse how people who return to the labour market after long-term sickness absenteeism and subsequent job loss differ in employability, work ability, health, educational level, age, and gender, compared to those who do not.

PARTICIPANTS: The cohort consisted of 191 individuals, 20 men and 171 women, whose employment was terminated because they had not been able to return to their regular work after taking a long-term sick leave and rehabilitation measures.

METHODS: This study is based on a postal questionnaire sent out to a cohort of previous employees in a Swedish municipality in 2008.

RESULTS: At the time of the survey, 39% of the respondents had returned to the labour market and the remaining 61% had not. Return to the labour market after a long-term sick leave was positively associated with male gender, young age, and work ability, i.e. the ability to work with respect to health and work-related demands. Employability, educational level, and health were not significantly associated with a return to the labour market.

CONCLUSIONS: In the discourse on employability, work ability is often neglected even though it is a central aspect of an individual's ability to obtain new employment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2013
Keywords
Unemployment, health, long-term sick leave, Sweden
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69503 (URN)10.3233/WOR-2012-1402 (DOI)000316852800008 ()
Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-06-29 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. & Ellström, P.-E. (2012). Employability and talent management: challenges for HRD practices. European Journal of Training and Development, 36(1), 26-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Employability and talent management: challenges for HRD practices
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Training and Development, ISSN 2046-9012, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 26-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this conceptual paper is to illuminate the problems that are associated with defining and identifying talent and to discuss the development of talent as a contributor to employability.Design/methodology/approach – The world of work is characterised by new and rapidly changing demands. Talent management has recently been the target of increasing interest and is considered to be a method by which organisations can meet the demands that are associated with increased complexity. Previous studies have often focused on the management of talent, but the issue of what exactly should be managed has generally been neglected. In this paper, the authors focus on discussing the substance of talent and the problems associated with identifying talent by using the following closely related concepts: employability, knowledge, and competence.Findings – Employability is central to employee performance and organisational success. Individual employability includes general meta-competence and context-bound competence that is related to a specific profession and organisation. The concept of employability is wider than that of talent, but the possession of talent is critical to being employable. In this paper, the authors suggest a model in which talent includes individual, institutional, and organisational-social dimensions.Practical implications – The illumination of different meanings of talent management and the substance of talent is crucial to the practical implication of central human resource development practices, such as training and development.Originality/value – The paper shows that clarification of the conceptual boundaries and the presentation of a typology that is relevant to the understanding of talent are central to the creation of valid talent management systems that aim to define and develop talent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012
Keywords
Competences, Human resource development, Employability, Employees development, Talent, Talent management, Training and development
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74296 (URN)10.1108/03090591211192610 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2012-09-01
Nordvall, H. & Nilsson, S. (2012). Preventing discriminating attitudes through educational interventions?: A study of two anti-discrimination workshops for security guards. In: The 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association: Everyday life, education and their transformations in a Nordic and globalized context. Paper presented at The 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NFPF/NERA), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 8-10. Department of Eduation, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preventing discriminating attitudes through educational interventions?: A study of two anti-discrimination workshops for security guards
2012 (English)In: The 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association: Everyday life, education and their transformations in a Nordic and globalized context, Department of Eduation, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark , 2012Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Eduation, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78164 (URN)
Conference
The 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NFPF/NERA), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 8-10
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-14
Nilsson, S. & Rubenson, K. (2011). Determinants of Employment-Related Informal and Formal Learning in Canada.. Paper presented at The 1st International Seminar in the ESREA Network Working Life and Learning, Linköping University, November 21-22..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Determinants of Employment-Related Informal and Formal Learning in Canada.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
informal learning, formal learning, employment, work, Canada
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78163 (URN)
Conference
The 1st International Seminar in the ESREA Network Working Life and Learning, Linköping University, November 21-22.
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-07
Nilsson, S. (2011). On the Relationship between Education and Work in the Employability Discourse. In: The 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning. Paper presented at 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, RWL7, 4-7 December 20011, Shanghai, China.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the Relationship between Education and Work in the Employability Discourse
2011 (English)In: The 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, 2011Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
employability, education, work, competence, qualifications
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78160 (URN)
Conference
7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, RWL7, 4-7 December 20011, Shanghai, China
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-14
Nilsson, S. (2010). Enhancing individual employability: the perspective of engineering graduates. Education + Training, 52(6/7), 540-551
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enhancing individual employability: the perspective of engineering graduates
2010 (English)In: Education + Training, ISSN 0040-0912, E-ISSN 1758-6127, Vol. 52, no 6/7, p. 540-551Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Employability, competence, higher education, engineering, graduates
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58002 (URN)10.1108/00400911011068487 (DOI)
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-07-14 Last updated: 2017-12-12
Nilsson, S. (2010). On the meaning of higher education in professional practice: the case of physicians and engineers. Journal of Education and Work, 23(3), 255-274
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the meaning of higher education in professional practice: the case of physicians and engineers
2010 (English)In: Journal of Education and Work, ISSN 1363-9080, E-ISSN 1469-9435, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 255-274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on a longitudinal qualitative study of graduate transitions from higher education programmes to the world of work. In the study, 23 physicians and 20 master's level engineers in information technology, recently graduated from four different universities in Sweden, were interviewed. The aim of this article is to explore the graduates' perceptions of the function and impact of professional education in relation to professional practice. In the case of medicine, the educational and professional competence bases overlap significantly, and the professional education programme is viewed as a direct vocational preparation. However, the physicians argue that the transition to the workplace is associated with a need to reprioritise knowledge. The engineers consider the educational and professional competence bases to be only loosely coupled. Rather than focusing on the substance of the educational programme, the engineers consider the educational programme to constitute a broad foundation facilitating further learning and professional development in the workplace.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Glasgow: Routledge, 2010
Keywords
higher education; professional practice; competence; graduates
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58001 (URN)10.1080/13639080.2010.486397 (DOI)
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-07-14 Last updated: 2017-12-12
Nilsson, S., Persson, A. & Ekberg, K. (2009). Arbetsförmåga och anställningsbarhet efter långvarig sjukskrivning. Linköping: HELIX VINN Excellence centre, Linköpings universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arbetsförmåga och anställningsbarhet efter långvarig sjukskrivning
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: HELIX VINN Excellence centre, Linköpings universitet, 2009. p. 32
Series
HELIX working papers, ISSN 1654-8213
Keywords
Anställninsbarhet, arbetsförmåga, sjukskrivning, hälsa, återgång i arbete, rörlighet
National Category
Pedagogy Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51819 (URN)
Available from: 2009-11-19 Created: 2009-11-19 Last updated: 2009-12-10
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