Institute of Education


FE and Skills across the four countries of the UK

FE and Skills across the four countries of the UK

The four countries of the UK continue to share a broadly common economy and labour market, but are increasingly taking differing approaches to their policies for vocational education and training, further and higher education and skills development. There is no current research on cross-UK comparisons of FE and skills despite the major changes that are taking place in this area. This type of cross-national comparison is particularly important in the context of Brexit with the increased emphasis on developing high value-added enterprises and an appropriately educated and skilled UK workforce.

For this reason, Edge Foundation, City and Guilds and the DfE have generously agreed to fund the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to organise a series of seminars that will address the project’s key research question:

What can be learnt in terms of new knowledge and practical application from a comparison between FE and skills policy in the four countries of the UK?

The seminar series