Budget 2014 – the narrative beneath the spectacle
Explores the 2014 Budget in more detail, highlighting how future economic policy needs to be more bullish and place-based. This paper is a starting point for CLES’ work over the coming 12 months which will explore how place based economic policy can become the norm.

Employer influence on apprenticeships
Looks at barriers and motivations to small employers having influence over the apprenticeship system. This in-depth, qualitative report is based on interviews with small employers who said they had little or no influence over the apprenticeship system.

Getting the job done – the government’s reform plan for vocational qualifications
Sets out the steps taken to reform vocational qualifications in full-time education, and initiatives for further reform. Describes the steps taken to reform the use of vocational qualifications (based on occupation or employment) in full-time education, including a timetable for the introduction of these reforms. It sets out new initiatives to take forward the reforms in new areas, including recommendations from the review of adult vocational qualifications.

Local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and the growth agenda
Examples from across the country of local authorities investing in infrastructure and leading on business initiatives to make things happen and drive forward local and national economic growth. Reports that LEPs are making significant progress despite the fact that Government policy and funding for LEPs has been one of incremental often piecemeal development and as the National Audit Office has pointed out, the intention to ensure an orderly transition from the Regional Development Agencies to the new delivery landscape was not achieved.

Engineering our future – stepping up the urgency on STEM
To thrive in an increasingly competitive world, the UK must work to develop a high-value, knowledge-intensive economy, founded on high levels of productivity and innovation. Skill development is the backbone of this strategy, with a particular focus on the STEM skills which will underpin our future growth. Nowhere is the need for STEM skills more obvious than when we look to the challenges of rebalancing, with the major growth sectors identified by our industrial strategy heavily reliant on STEM skills.

Transitioning from vocational education and training to university – strengthening information literacy through collaboration
Explores the information literacy needs of VET and university students and how they differ. Reports differences in how and where students searched for information in their studies. The differences reflect the more practical focus of VET compared with the more academic and theoretical approach of university. Proposes a framework of support that could be provided to transitioning students to enable them to develop the necessary information literacy skills for university study.

The skills mismatch
Focuses on the disconnect between the education system of Britain and the needs of the British economy. Demonstrates how this dysfunction operates at all levels – schools, further education colleges and universities. Suggests if we are to deliver the skills required over the next decade radical changes are needed.

Multinational employer perceptions of the UK workforce
Examines the skills valued by employers in 8 countries and compares them with UK equivalents. Reviews employer skill preferences in 5 business sectors: financial services, information communication technology (ICT), bio-pharmaceuticals and life sciences, energy technologies and advanced manufacturing. Comparing employers in the following 8 countries with UK equivalents: France, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, USA, Brazil, India and China.

An international comparison of apprentice pay – final report
An investigation by the Low Pay Commission in to the level of apprenticeship pay across fourteen countries. A detailed explanation of the nature of the educational structure in each of the countries; the incidence of vocational training and apprenticeships; apprenticeship structure; and the funding of vocational training and apprenticeships.

Events are Great Britain
Successor to the Britain for Events Report, published in 2010, this paper looks at the total spend figure for attendees and delegates to events of £39.1bn, up from £36.1bn from the last report. The spend represents 35% of the total value of the UK visitor economy. However the report looks at more than ‘value’ of the report, addressing additional spend, GDP contribution, employment, tax revenues and trade transacted and unquantifiable benefits from knowledge and experiences gained.

Working futures 2012-2022
Contains the latest results from Working Futures, presenting employment projections for the period from 2012 to 2022. Provides the most comprehensive quantitative assessment available of UK labour market prospects. Results are intended to provide a basis for reflection and debate among all those with an interest in the future of UK jobs; including individuals who are considering their careers choices, their careers advisors, employers, education and training providers, as well as policymakers.

Well-being at work – a review of the literature
This research, published in the Government Foresight Mental Capital & Well-being report is now incorporated in NICE guidelines, is aligned to the HSE standards, and is approved by the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP). nef consulting has developed a range of approaches to address well-being in the workplace, drawing on a decade of research into well-being by the new economics foundation.

2011 census analysis – distance travelled to work
Assesses distance travelled to work by residents of England and Wales using the results of the 2011 Census. The statistics for distance have been combined with a number of other variables including age, sex and method of travel to work. Where possible, comparisons are made with the 2001 Census.

Evaluation of shared apprenticeship pilots
Forms part of an overarching evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Work Based Learning Programs 2007-11. Reports on progress in realising the aims and objectives of the pilots and to provide recommendations for their future roll-out. Overall, implementation and delivery have been very successful. Outcomes for apprentices in the pilots, as far as is measurable to date, appear to be stronger than for apprentices in standard apprenticeships.

Totalling the hidden talent – youth unemployment and underemployment in England and Wales
Looks at out-of-work young people who want a job in combination with young people who are ‘underemployed’ in various ways, in order to quantify the ‘total hidden talent’: all those young people in England and Wales who aren’t currently working to their potential.

Zeroing in – balancing protection and flexibility in the reform of zero-hours contracts
States there is a need “to strike a better balance, providing protection and choice for workers while ensuring flexibility is maintained for employers”. Alongside suggesting that zero-hours workers receive the right to a fixed-hours contract after a year, the think tank recommends imposing a ban on the use of exclusivity clauses, ending the practice where employers don’t guarantee hours yet prevent staff from taking work on elsewhere.

Managing an age-diverse workforce – employer and employee views
The ageing workforce and the introduction of anti-age discrimination legislation across much of the world has led to an increased interest in age diversity and the issues inherent in managing an age-diverse workforce. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the issues in managing an age-diverse workforce. Unique in the multiple approaches that it encompasses, it includes discussions of both older and younger workers, employer and employee perspectives, generational and age diversity and international comparisons.