Work, Skills & Education
We research all aspects of education and work, but we focus particularly on aspects that political debate often neglects: further education; vocational and technical education; apprenticeships and lifelong learning; in-work poverty.
Time to think again: disability benefits and support after COVID-19
The benefits system for disabled people, and the support that accompanies it, are broken. This report shows that across a range of metrics, the system is failing disabled people and their families and communities.
|Published:||24 February 2021|
Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?
This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
|Published:||19 November 2020|
Job switching and wage growth for low-income workers
This paper is draws upon a Social Market Foundation roundtable held in early-March 2020. Whilst the economic context has changed considerably, long-run issues surrounding wage growth - and disparities between job switchers and stayers - are likely to remain unchanged.
|Published:||12 November 2020|
|Author(s):||James Kirkup, Kathryn Petrie|
(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|
Levelling down: the medium term local economic impact of coronavirus
The reality of the economic disruption is rarely simple: different sectors will face different levels of disruption and workers employed in those sectors are unevenly distributed by geography and demography....
|Published:||06 July 2020|
|Author(s):||Amy Norman, Kathryn Petrie|
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|
The parenthood penalty? Exploring gender, family and pay in London
This report, commissioned by Peabody, provides new insights into the lives of individuals living in London – in particular, with respect to their living standards and financial situation.
|Published:||05 March 2020|
Work, education, skills and the 100-year life: How can policymakers ensure the workforce is ready for extreme longevity?
Longer careers raise important questions about the future of work and education in the UK – is our education system built for the 50-year career? Are workplaces and employers adopting age-friendly policies? This report focuses on the future of work, education and skills in the era of extreme longevity.
|Published:||02 March 2020|
Strengthening employee share ownership in the UK
This report analyses the scope to promote wider individual employee share ownership in the UK, and the potential benefits of doing so.
|Published:||10 February 2020|
|Author(s):||James Kirkup, Scott Corfe|