The skills fetish is fragmenting education and careers

From Times Higher Education: “The preoccupation with skills is a more recent variant of human capital theory. Developed in the 1960s, this argues that increased education makes workers more productive. … thinking in terms merely of abstract, disembodied skills encourages employers to contract people to complete specific tasks and then to cast them aside, accepting no obligation to provide continuity of employment nor to pay any of the other entitlements that recognise workers as skilled employees. This atomisation of education and the atomisation of work is greatly facilitated by the rise of micro-credentials, which are gig credentials for the gig economy.”

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