publication . Other literature type . Article . 2015

Tapping into the ‘standing-reserve’: a comparative analysis of workers’ training programmes in Kolkata and Toronto

Srabani Maitra; Saikat Maitra;
Open Access
  • Published: 27 Jul 2015
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper examines employment-related training programmes offered by state funded agencies and multinational corporations in Toronto (Canada) and Kolkata (India). In recent years both cities have witnessed a rise in the service sector industries aligned with global regimes of flexible work and the consequent reinvention of a worker subject that is no longer disciplined according to the needs of industrial production. A worker must now be self-regulated, competitive, flexible, with an ability to convey an urbane, English-speaking deportment within the workplace. Training of employees, especially soft skill training becomes crucial in this connection as a form of...
Subjects
free text keywords: Education, Semi-structured interview, Economic growth, Neoliberalism, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Participant observation, Comparative education, Multinational corporation, Immigration, Soft skills, Sociology, Tertiary sector of the economy, business.industry, business
Funded by
SSHRC
Project
  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
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