Work on the UK

Simon Field and Skills Policy have undertaken a series of studies on the UK and its skills system.

These include:

Most recently, The Missing Middle. This is a study of higher technical education (level 4 and 5) looking at how and why this level of education is relatively weak in England. Further work on higher technical education is currently in preparation.

Taking Training Seriously looks at apprenticeship in England, particularly recent reforms, and compares England with other countries.

Work on both these reports was generously supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Simon Field has also co-authored two recent OECD reports on England. One looked at the significant challenges of weak literacy and numeracy in England, including weaknesses in university students and graduates. This was published as Building Skills for All. The second report looked at Apprenticeship in England.