Prof Keep is Director of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge & Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at Oxford University. He has a BA in Modern History (London University) and PhD in Industrial relations (Warwick University). He has been a full-time researcher on skills for 30 years.
Keynote Topic: Policy Models, Policy Assumptions and Lifelong Learning – Reflections on the UK Experience
The keynote explores the various policy models and the assumptions upon which they are based, that have driven policymaking about lifelong learning in the UK over the last decade and a half. Too often, policy has been focused on learning in formal settings, leading to whole qualifications, with little attention on informal skill acquisition in the workplace or other settings, and is based on a heavily stylised model of rational, instrumental investment decision making on the part of individuals and other actors in the education and training system. The keynote will further explore alternative analytical frameworks upon which policy can be grounded, stemming from multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the incentive structures facing individuals, firms and wider society when they think about engaging in learning, and also from a deeper appreciation of the ways in which individuals and teams learn in and through work.