Full-Time Studentship: Fees plus Â£13,726 per annum stipend (only forÂ students eligible under ESRC residential rules).
Funded by: The Economic and Social Research Council and SkillsÂ Development Scotland.
Closing date:Â Midnight on 9th October 2013.
Project Title:Â Employer voice in engaging with the education andÂ training system for high performance workplaces.
This 3-year PhD studentship (covering fees and a living allowance),Â jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and SkillsÂ Development Scotland, is targeted at a highly motivated individualÂ who wishes to work with our team on a study the voice of employers inÂ influencing the skills system. The successful applicant will conduct theirÂ PhD in Business and Management working with Professor RonaldÂ McQuaid (Lead Supervisor) and Professor Alex Wood.
The importance of employer involvement and engagement in the designÂ and delivery of skills-related programmes is well recognized, although theÂ evidence on the effectiveness of this is mixed and the implementation of aÂ demand-led approach to training and skills-related intervention is complex,Â leading to differences in local delivery models and outcomes.Â
This project will look at different approaches to giving employers aÂ voice in the skills system in relation to preparing people for entry toÂ high performance workplaces. It will critically review direct and indirectÂ approaches to incorporating employer voice, looking at the key issues inÂ Scotland, the rest of the UK and two other countries. The project will alsoÂ consider the major challenges involved in raising the demand for skills inÂ the context of high-performance workplaces and will explore the tensionÂ between a responsive employer engagement system which constantlyÂ adapts and a system which employers can readily understand.Â
Specialist training would be available (e.g. on specific techniques) andÂ the student would be part of a vibrant and expanding group of researchersÂ on skills and the Scottish economy. The University of Stirling is a memberÂ institution of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. The studentÂ would also join as full member the Behavioural Sciences CentreÂ (www.bsciencecentre.com), an interdisciplinary research centre whichÂ brings various disciplines.
Strong intrinsic interest in research in the topic; an ability and willingnessÂ to contribute to the intellectual life of the Management School and theÂ Behavioural Science Centre; a good Honours degree with a postgraduateÂ degree being desirable; excellent written and oral communication skills; anÂ ability to work individually and autonomously as well as potential to workÂ as part of a team; and some proficiency in STATA and/or SPSS and/or nVivo.
In the first instance students should make a preliminary applicationÂ through e-mail to Ms Lisa Reid ([email protected]) with the subject line:Â âPhD Studentship on the Employerâs Voice Applicationâ. The applicationÂ must include (at least) two documents;Â
(1) A full CV, documenting qualifications and any relevant previousÂ experience and existing skill sets.Â
(2) A cover letter of approximately 1,250 words specifying why they areÂ the right candidate for this post.Â
Applicants should consult the further details concerning the post and theÂ contents of the cover letter which are available via theÂ ‘Apply’ button below.Â