Skills for Self-Employment

Meager N, Martin R, Carta E | Evidence Report 31 | UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) | Jul 2011

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This evidence report, which was undertaken by the Institute of Employment Studies, draws together a wide range of evidence on the importance of skills for the self-employed.

This is one of the most comprehensive reviews and syntheses undertaken in the UK of the evidence on the relationships between skills and self-employment. As such the study provides an invaluable resource to inform policy in this area covering business start-up, support for unemployed people to become self-employed, enterprise education, and business growth.

This small scale, explorative research study looks at the hitherto relatively under-researched question of the role of skills and training in the development of self-employment. It draws on a literature review, data analysis from the Labour Force Survey, and a series of expert interviews.

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