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Apprenticeships in UK – A steady rise in the number of starts at higher-education

The DfE publication included final figures on the number and type of apprenticeships that were started over the 2018/19 academic year. It confirmed one trend that we have continuously identified: the fall in apprenticeship starts at Level 2, and the steady rise in the number of starts at higher-education (Level 4+) levels, as the chart … Continue reading

Reskilling and Upskilling in UK – National Retraining Partnership and National Retraining Scheme

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the world of work at rapid pace and driving up the level of skills required. But this picture is complicated further by declining levels of adult participation in learning precisely at the time it needs to be going up. The UK skills situation is made more challenging by a … Continue reading

Higher Education in UK – Detailed case studies of partnerships for high-level skills

The UK has a world-class university system that plays a crucial role in producing a highly skilled workforce that can meet the rapidly shifting needs of the country. To remain responsive, the sector is developing new models and approaches. Partnerships between higher education, further education, employers and other parts of the tertiary education system are … Continue reading

Skills Shortages in UK – The talent already in short supply will be in even greater demand by 2030

Profound structural shifts are under way in the UK workforce. Here’s how companies can prepare to meet the challenge and nurture the skills and talent that will help them stay competitive. The adoption of automation, along with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things, is likely to unleash profound structural shifts in … Continue reading

Skills in UK – The business case for investment

We live in extremely turbulent times, with major risks and uncertainty for the country’s future and economy. Uncertainty is not just brought about by Brexit, with its challenges of having to put in place international trade deals as well as dealing with the growing likelihood of a recession. The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, arising from AI … Continue reading

NEET in the UK – Focus on skills and work incentives for reducing their misses two key obstacles

The number of young people who are not in employment, education and training – NEET, as this group has become widely known as – is a key indicator on the state of youth labour markets and opportunities for young people more generally. The persistence and, in the years following the global financial crisis, growth of … Continue reading

50 And Over in UK – The average age of exit of the labour market has increased by 2.3 years since 1996

This publication details the trends over time in the economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over. Analysis is provided on the three headline measures announced in the Fuller Working Lives (FWL) Strategy 2017 that the government use to monitor progress on FWL. The UK has an ageing population and workforce, therefore, it … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – Understanding recent changes

In 2017 there was overhaul to the apprenticeships system in England: large firms were required to pay 0.5 per cent of their wage bill into an apprenticeship levy, while regulations on training and delivery were firmed up. Two years on, this briefing note takes stock of the system, looking at what’s changed, why and where … Continue reading

Future of Work in UK – The demographic changes

The Youth Commission aims to find ways to improve education and employment opportunities for England’s 16-24-year olds. Its first report identified five key challenges: • Better supporting 700,000 young people not in education, employment or training; • Increasing the number of young people qualified to at least Level 3; • Improving attainment in literacy and … Continue reading

Degree Apprenticeships in UK – The number is rapidly increasing

Degree apprenticeships are a success story. The number of people starting degree apprenticeships is rapidly increasing, the range of apprenticeships on offer is broadening and the first degree apprentices have recently graduated. But progress developing degree apprenticeships in England is being held back by poor levels of awareness among school pupils, parents and employers. Bold … Continue reading

Job Polarisation in the UK – The large increase in graduate numbers contributed to it

The increasing ability of technology to replace workers in performing easier-to-codify “routine” tasks has been singled out in the literature as the main driver of “job polarisation”, i.e. the decline in the share of mid-pay mid-skill jobs observed in several developed countries. Recent contributions, however, have highlighted that the occupational wage patterns observed in many … Continue reading

Employers’ Recruitment Practices in UK – 9 percentage point reduction in the proportion of employers who monitor the age of their workforce during recruitment

This report presents the findings from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employer engagement survey 2018, conducted by IFF Research. The employer engagement survey 2018 is the third wave of a cross-sectional representative survey of 4,201 employers across Great Britain. The survey was conducted between February and July 2018 and the previous waves of … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – Should be broader, higher quality, better prepared

Apprenticeships are seen as the jewel in the crown of technical education in the UK. While they are generally perceived positively by the businesses and apprentices involved, and some significant progress has been made in recent years, there is no doubt that this particular jewel risks becoming significantly tarnished. Our evidence shows that, with the … Continue reading

Education in UK – The pace of growth in young people’s educational attainment has more than halved since the start of the 21st century

This paper uses the Brexit moment to take stock of where Britain has got to on educational attainment, and where we might be heading. It highlights that while improvements to the country’s human capital stock have been driven by increasingly educated cohorts of young people flowing into the labour market, the pace of growth in … Continue reading

Skills in UK – Over the last decade, the rate of improvement has slowed report says

Learning and skills play a central role in driving economic growth, promoting social justice and supporting inclusive communities. Over the last decade, economic growth has been slower than in the preceding decades. Independent forecasts suggest this is a permanent fall in the UK economy’s speed limit. This is neither inevitable nor unavoidable. Seismic shifts in the … Continue reading

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