Further and Vocational Education
Leading skills: Paper 2 – Policies for strong leadership in Further Education colleges
This report, kindly supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, argues that a shift in mindset is needed to promote and strengthen leadership in further education colleges. Reforms to the system are necessary as well as cultural change in the sector and beyond.
|Published:||21 June 2019|
Leading skills: Exploring leadership in Further Education colleges – Paper 1
The future of Further Education and the backgrounds of college leaders Further education colleges provide skills to 2.2 million adults and 16-18 year-olds. Compared to those on the skill level...
|Published:||04 April 2019|
|Author(s):||Ben Savours, Nigel Keohane|
Making apprenticeships work
This report assesses the factors that affect the value of apprenticeships, and the emerging evidence on whether the current policy will deliver high value apprenticeships. It argues that government needs to do more to steer the market towards apprenticeships that will deliver good returns and that are resilient to change in the wider economy.
|Published:||27 March 2019|
|Author(s):||Nicole Gicheva, Nigel Keohane, Scott Corfe|
Vocation, Vocation, Vocation
This report examines the current role vocational education plays in preparing young people for higher education, and how students can be helped to pursue the most appropriate learning and career path.
|Published:||29 January 2018|
|Author(s):||Nicole Gicheva, Kathryn Petrie|
Rising to the Challenge: the Further Education and skills sector over the next decade
The report argues that maximising FE and skills’ ability to boost the technical skills of British workers, young and old, should be an urgent priority for politicians
|Published:||26 April 2017|
Passports to Progress (Part 2): How do vocational qualifications help young people in building their careers?
This second report seeks to understand how taking a vocational qualification affects young people’s career prospects and progression into higher education.
|Published:||18 August 2016|
|Author(s):||Emran Mian, Ben Richards, Nida Broughton|
Passports to Progress: How do vocational qualifications help young people in building their careers?
This research examines how take up of vocational courses has changed in recent years; how parents view vocational qualifications; and the issues school leaders contend with when deciding what courses to offer.
|Published:||07 July 2016|
The value of apprenticeships: Beyond wages
The SMF has undertaken research to look at what types of apprenticeships create the most value, in terms of both wages and firm performance.
|Published:||14 June 2016|
SMF Briefing: The value of apprenticeships – wages
This briefing paper summarises early findings from the first part of the project, which looks at the value of apprenticeships to workers in terms of how much extra earnings an apprenticeship delivers.
|Published:||07 December 2015|