Further and Vocational Education
Fulfilling its potential? How well does the careers information, advice and guidance serve the people it is meant to support in England?
This report examines school leavers and adult learners’ experiences of careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) in England. Drawing on focus groups with school leavers, adult learners and parents, plus discussions with experts and practitioners, it presents new evidence on the way that people engage with IAG. The report makes policy recommendations in order to increase the personalisation, accountability, and accessibility of IAG.
|Published:||01 April 2022|
|Author(s):||Niamh O Regan, Aveek Bhattacharya|
Installing for time? New evidence on the attitudes of home heat installers towards decarbonisation and heat pumps
This report draws attention to the home heat workforce - the plumbers, heating and gas engineers, and installers - who will be playing an essential in delivering the UK's net zero targets. It provides much-needed insight into the challenges and barriers facing the industry, and highlights the need for policymakers to step in and address them.
|Published:||08 February 2022|
|Author(s):||Amy Norman, Niamh O Regan|
Signal failure: How can we get more value and less waste from our education system?
This paper discusses the issue of signalling in education – the possibility that some forms of education may do little directly to improve learners’ skills and effectiveness, but may be used primarily to demonstrate or ‘signal’ their pre-existing traits or ability.
|Published:||30 September 2021|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Chris Percy|
The education divide is about disrespect: why it matters and what graduates should do about it
Disrespect causes disruption – Decision-makers and people with influence urgently need to address the deficit in respect between graduates and those without a degree, recognising that the emphasis on high-level...
|Published:||21 September 2021|
|Author:||Rt Hon Stowell of Beeston|
Not just other people’s children: what the public thinks about vocational education
In this briefing, we present the results of a nationally representative survey which shows that the general public believe vocational qualifications to be just as useful and desirable as a university degree.
|Published:||22 April 2021|
Missing the story: the UK media’s neglect of Further Education
This essay is not a conventional think-tank report. It is not, directly at least, about government policies or national priorities, but about the climate in which policies and priorities are set.
|Published:||31 March 2021|
Study buddies? Competition and collaboration between higher education and further education
This report, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, examines the relationship between further education (FE) and higher education (HE) and assesses how the two sectors cooperate and compete.
|Published:||17 March 2021|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Amy Norman|
(Adult) education, education, education
This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations
|Published:||12 November 2020|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe, Amy Norman|
A new safety net: guaranteeing jobs and training after the crisis
This briefing paper provides an overview of the case for Universal Job Guarantee, and why it should be harnessed in order to build and implement an effective social security system for life on the other side of our current crisis.
|Published:||10 May 2020|
|Author(s):||Kathryn Petrie, Jake Shepherd|