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Apprenticeship in UK – The number starts has been driven mainly by those over 25 years of age

In recent weeks, there has been much controversy over the slowdown in the number of apprenticeship starts and the potential connection with the change in the funding system. The context is one in which there is a government target to have 3 million apprenticeship starts between 2015 and 2020. In the light of recent controversies, … Continue reading

Higher Education and Earnings – Studying the same subject at a different institution can yield a very different premium

Each year more than 350,000 students start Higher Education (HE) degrees in England at a total cost of around £17 billion paid by graduates in repayments on student loans and the taxpayer (Belfield et al., 2017). This represents a significant investment and has the potential to have considerable implications for the students’ later-life outcomes. Students … Continue reading

UK – Is low pay is the first step towards better-paid, better-skilled ?

The coming years will be pivotal for the UK’s labour market. Along with new questions raised by Brexit, the responses to longstanding issues dogging firms and workers alike will be key. When it comes to action points, Britain’s woeful productivity growth since the financial crisis is top of the list but not far below is … Continue reading

Gender Gap of Full-Time and Part-Time in UK – Working part-time after childbirth hold back women’s wages

Gender differences in rates of full-time and part-time paid work after childbirth are an important driver of differences in hourly wages between men and women. This is because they affect the amount and type of labour market experience that men and women build up, and this experience affects the hourly wage levels they can command. … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in England, United Kingdom – There is still some way to go to establish an apprenticeship system to match those of the strongest countries OECD says

Across many countries, apprenticeship is now experiencing a revival, in the light of a wide range of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness as a means of transitioning young people into work, and serving the economy. But few countries can match the energy and range of reforms currently being pursued in England. Key findings England has launched … Continue reading

Accreditation in UK – It enhances on-the-job training but only in private sector organisations

Britain has lagged behind the G7 countries in labour productivity in recent years. There is also an emerging concern about a potential post-Brexit skills deficit. Upskilling the existing workforce via on-the-job training may be a vital policy tool available. This paper empirically examines the upskilling impact of a UK government-backed accreditation scheme, Investors in People … Continue reading

Reversing Decline in VET in UK – Lessons from Germany and France

[The] analysis suggests that there may be further lessons for [UK) from the German system and others from the French which would enable it to move rapidly to an effective and successful system. In particular: • France and Germany promote high standards of general education throughout school years for all pupils. Although this country’s reforms … Continue reading

The First Full Year of the Apprenticeships Levy in UK – The number of people starting an apprenticeship over 40 per cent lower

Now that the apprenticeship levy has completed its first full year of operation, this report reviews the available evidence to determine whether the levy will, as the Government hopes, “incentivise more employers to provide quality apprenticeships” and “transform the lives of young people who secure them”. The levy itself is, in effect, a tax of … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment in UK – Transition to work is still inconsistent for many

To be a country that works for everyone, youth unemployment must be addressed. Consistent and engaging support for young people in school and as they transition through education and employment is key to reducing youth unemployment. This transition is still inconsistent for many young people across the UK. This report highlights the challenges that some … Continue reading

LMI for Young People in UK – The data that is available does not provide a useful enough breakdown

Where there is good data about young people targeted support can be put in place. Organisations that support young people use the national statistical data to design and target services for young people. However the data that is available does not provide a useful enough breakdown at a local level or for groups of young … Continue reading

The Digital Skills Gap in UK – Nearly one in five Millenials in the modern workplace are perceived to be lacking in analytical skills

The shortage of digital skills in the current marketplace is unprecedented. It is estimated that over 4.4 million IT jobs will be created around Big Data by 2015; however, only a third of these new jobs will be filled. Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s digital inclusion champion, believes over 16 million people in the UK … Continue reading

The Gig Economy in UK – 4.4 per cent or 2.8 million people had worked in it in the last 12 months

The NatCen Panel, a probability-based online survey of 2,184 individuals in Britain, was used to provide a prevalence estimate of the number of people involved in the gig economy. The NatCen Panel found that 4.4 per cent of the population in Great Britain had worked in the gig economy in the last 12 months. This … Continue reading

UK – A guide to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system

This document provides a summary of the UK’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system and how it provides the UK economy with highly skilled people. It contains the following sections: 1. WHY SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE UK 2. WHAT ARE TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS? 3. ABOUT THE UK SKILLS SYSTEM 4. A … Continue reading

The Right to Request Time to Train regulations in UK – An appraisal

This mixed method appraisal reviewed the functioning of the Right to Request Time to Train, as of March 2015. The Right to Request Time to Train policy, which became effective in 2010, gives employees of large businesses (250+ employees) the right to submit formal requests to their employers for time off for study or training … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – The focus is still on boosting numbers rather than on the hard and sustained work required to improve quality

Better Apprenticeships draws on research by teams from the UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Vocational Education Research at LSE to analyse the current state of play for apprenticeships in England. ‘Apprenticeship quality and social mobility’, authored by Alison Fuller & Laura Unwin from the UCL Institute of Education, analyses whether sufficient quality indicators are in … Continue reading

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