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‘Make do and mend’ after redundancy at Anglesey Aluminium: critiquing human capital approaches to unemployment

Dobbins, T. and Plows, A. and Lloyd-Williams, H. (2013) ‘Make do and mend’ after redundancy at Anglesey Aluminium: critiquing human capital approaches to unemployment. Work, Employment & Society, 28 (4). pp. 515-532. DOI: 10.1177/0950017013491454

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Abstract

This article tracks workers� responses to redundancy and impact on the local labour market and regional unemployment policy after the closure of a large employer, Anglesey Aluminium (AA), on Anglesey in North Wales. It questions human capital theory (HCT) and its influence on sustaining neo-liberal policy orthodoxy � focused on supplying skilled and employable workers in isolation from other necessary ingredients in the policy recipe. It is concluded that HCT and associated skills policy orthodoxy are problematic because supply of particular skills did not create demand from employers. Ex-AA workers faced a paradox of being highly skilled but underemployed. Some workers re-trained but there were insufficient (quality) job opportunities. In picking up the pieces after redundancy many workers found themselves part of a labour �precariat� with little choice but to �make do and mend�.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > Bangor Business School
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 02:25
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:01
ISSN: 0950-0170
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4681
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1177/0950017013491454
Publisher: Sage Publications
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