UK Research Publications - Labour Market; Skills, Youth, Employment and Growth Skills and employment manifesto
Makes recommendations to improve young people’s transition from education to work, boost employers’ investment in in-work training and help them to find skilled workers among the nation’s jobseekers.

Evaluation of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24) programme
Describes the findings of research, which involved talking with participating employers, government agencies and training organisations involved in the administration of the grant. All aspects of the policy are covered, from the way it was run, whether the grant amount was set at the right level, to satisfaction with the learning and training.

Young people’s labour market transitions – the role of early experiences
Using a UK longitudinal survey to model transitions between four states: employment, unemployment, education and a residual category of those neither in education nor economically active, this paper investigates young people’s labour market transitions beyond compulsory schooling and the dynamic effects of early experiences.

Competitive cities, prosperous people – a Core Cities prospectus for growth
Sets out the Core Cities’ key policy proposals designed to drive growth and prosperity across the Core Cities.

Graduates in the UK labour market
Looks at how graduate jobs are changing and the skills required to fulfil these jobs.

Local institutions and local economic growth – the state of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England – a national survey
Seeks to take stock of where how far LEPs have come and where they are heading by analysing their strategies and priorities, organisation and governance, resources, effectiveness and working relations, innovations, lessons learned, and future barriers and challenges.

Apprenticeship and the concept of occupation…
Examines the extent to which occupational identity underpins contemporary apprenticeships in England, and explores the implications for policy and practice of the decoupling of apprenticeship from the concept of occupation. Discusses how the concept of occupation and occupational identity is defined and characterised in the research literature, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related sectors of the economy.

One system, many pathways – forging consensus on 14-19 education and training
An examination of the system of education and training with a focus on the 14-19 age group. Whilst a full ‘14-19 Review’ of the sort undertaken previously was not possible over the time available, a system-wide analysis was produced. The authors spoke to learning providers, schools, colleges, young people, regulators, awarding bodies, civil servants, academics and Government advisors.

No more NEETs – a plan for all young people to be learning or earning
Sets out a strategy for radically increasing the proportion of young people who are learning or earning, by fixing the broken school-to-work transition system and establishing a distinct work, training and benefits track for those aged 18–24. This approach is underpinned by two new initiatives: a youth allowance, to keep young people out of the adult welfare system, and a youth guarantee, to ensure they stay in touch with the labour market.

(How) did New Labour narrow the achievement and participation gap?
Describes what progress was made in narrowing the socio-economic achievement gap in England under its New Labour government between 1997 and 2010 and assesses the research evidence about which of a whole array of national, local, institutional and ‘personalised’ interventions seem to have made a difference. It also discusses future prospects for closing the gap under the Coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats that was elected in England in 2010.

Return to work – work-based learning and the reintegration of unemployed adults into the labour market
Aims to investigate how work-based learning that focuses on the acquisition of key competences can contribute to getting low-skilled unemployed adults back into the labour market.

Cities, growth and poverty – a review of the evidence
Examines how strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction can be aligned.

Constrained work? Job enrichment and employee engagement in low wage, low skill jobs
Argues that enriching jobs will develop engagement and boost productivity – even in low skilled jobs – and this needs to be a priority for sustainable economic growth in the UK.

Future of the UK labour market
Explores the links between skills, job progression and poverty, and looks at ways to help specific groups of workers and jobseekers, such as parents and young people.

Employer engagement in education – literature review
Reviews existing and new evidence about how employer engagement can improve on the learning and progression of young people.

Trends in skills requirements and work-related issues
Presents an up-to-date, authoritative picture of British employees’ experiences and views regarding their current work situation. The survey focuses on skill requirements, training, task discretion and job control, job-related well-being, fears over job loss and unfair treatment at work, and work intensification.

Industrial strategy and the future of skills policy – The high road to sustainable growth
This report explores gaps and weaknesses in the UK’s current model of industrial strategy, and suggests that a greater focus on the workplace and how it is managed would be useful. The government’s industrial strategy is, the paper argues, driven by a deep-seated tension between high road and low road routes to competitive advantage. It also focuses too much on a small group of high tech sectors, which are plainly important for exports and growth, but which will employ only a small proportion of the workforce. Unless we can drive up productivity across the entire economy, sustainable real term increases will be hard to contrive. A greater focus on the workplace and how it is managed would greatly improve policy, not least in offering a means to tie together productivity, skills supply, work organisation and skill utilisation, and how staff are recruited, retained, motivated, deployed and developed.

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