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Economy

We have a long-established track record in research and evaluation relating to the UK economy, in particular in relation to employers’ interest in investing in workplace learning and training. Our experience covers specific topics such as the economic impact of training through apprenticeships through to strategic reviews of changes across the whole further education sector. Our work also covers the sometimes indistinct boundary between traditional higher education and industrial training equivalents.

Our expertise in this sector includes:

  • apprenticeships
  • graduate labour market
  • enterprise and economic growth
  • industrial and market innovation
  • entrepreneurialism
  • adult guidance
  • adult vocational / higher technical education

We are experts in longitudinal evaluations and economic assessments of the costs and benefits of investing in training. This includes emphasis on evaluating the impact of skills development and training on organisational performance, recruitment and retention, and the wider economic contribution.

Key clients:

  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • The Skills Funding Agency
  • The Association of Graduate Recruiters
  • The National Centre for Universities and Business
  • Creative and Cultural Skills
  • Innovate UK

Other sectors

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Health and wellbeing

Our experience in this area is wide ranging, encompassing sport and physical activity, health and multiple disadvantage.

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Education

We explore issues as diverse as leadership and management, careers education and guidance, decision-making and widening participation across the entire student lifecycle.

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