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Government, as a part of the drive to a coherent skills strategy, continues to have a strong influence over the direction and priorities for VET research, not least because of the importance of the availability of funded resource centres and themes as the focus for developing new research. The following themes are prominent:
  • Evaluation of government programmes and initiatives
  • Forecasting of Future Skill Needs
  • The Meaning of Skill 
  • The Impact of Skills on Performance: a central theme, given the UK deficit in productivity and competitiveness
  • Small and Medium-Sized (SME) Firms and Training Activity
  • Social Inclusion, Employability and VET for Poorly-Qualified Adult Workers 
  • Qualifications Structures
  • Patterns of Post-Compulsory Education and the Factors That Influence These 
  • The Workplace Learning as a Learning Environment and Informal Learning in the Workplace
  • Mass Higher Education 
  • Social Mobility 
ANNEX: Reports of selected projects included in the ERO Base

Hayward, G., Hodgson A., et al., The Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training, Annual Report 2004-05, University of Oxford Department of Educational Studies, 2005 (

Anderson B., Ruhs B., et al., Fair enough? Central and East European migrants in low-waged employment in the UK, ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, 2006 (

Rogers, T., Richardson W., Review of Informal Learning research, School of Education and lifelong learning, University of Exeter, 2004 (

McNally, J., Boreham N, et al., Informal learning in early teacher development, BERA conference, 2005 (

Hayward, G., Sturdy, S., Tuning up for training but who pays the piper? ESRC Economic and Social Research Council, SKOPE, Oxford and Warwick Universities, 2005 (

Abramovsky, L., Battistin, E., et al., The impact of the ETP on the take-up of training among employers and employees, Quantitative study, The Institute of Fiscal Studies, DfES research report 694, 2005 (

Abramovsky, L., Battistin, E., et al, Evaluation of the Employer Training Pilots, The Institute of Fiscal Studies, 2004 (

Dearden, L., McGranahan L., Sianesi., B., Returns to education for the ‘marginal learner’ – evidence, Centre for the Economics of Education, IFS, 2004 (

Evaluation of Foundation Degrees, final report, York Consulting Ltd, DfES, 2004 (

Ullman A., Deadkin, G., Apprenticeship Pay: A survey of Earning by Sector, BMRB Social Research, 2005 (

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report United Kingdom (details see Bibliography)
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