Latest Publications

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.

Latest Publications:

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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
Author: Nigel Keohane
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Pay Progression for Low-Paid Workers

This research report seeks to understand whether and how government can use tax and regulation policy to promote wage progression and career progression among low-paid workers. Experiences in the labour...
Published: 17 June 2019
Author(s): James Kirkup, Scott Corfe, Kathryn Petrie, Nicole Gicheva
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Back to the Future

This paper by SMF's Migration Researcher Jonathan Thomas, looks at lessons from recent history to illuminate the potential consequences of the UK Government’s proposed future immigration system in the UK. It draws four key lessons for UK policymakers today
Published: 16 May 2019
Author: Jonathan Thomas
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Building on Success

This report, kindly supported by the GLA, seeks to understand the factors affecting non-continuation and transfers at London universities.
Published: 16 April 2019
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, Nigel Keohane
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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
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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
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London: Working for Everyone?

This report, commissioned by Peabody, provides new insights into the lives of individuals living in social housing in London - in particular, with respect to their living standards and financial situation.
Published: 13 February 2019
Author: Scott Corfe
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All Immigration is Local

The prevailing wisdom is that local pressures due to immigration could be better addressed by a larger and better publicised Controlling Migration Fund. Is this really the case, and what might the alternatives be?
Published: 22 January 2019
Author: Jonathan Thomas
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Recommendations from SMF Report: All immigration is local

Recommendations from SMF report: All Immigration is Local by Jonathan Thomas 
Published: 09 January 2019
Author: Jonathan Thomas
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