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Skills Shortage Bulletins

The Edge Foundation is convening a Skills Shortage Analysis Group that brings together key organisations and academics with an interest in skills analysis in the UK to share research plans, research data and key messages. This group supports Edge to produce a regular series of Skills Shortage Bulletins presenting most recent key data and analysis focusing on skills shortages in different sectors in the UK.


Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 2 July 2018

The second bulletin in the series focuses on skills shortages in the digital sector. It includes analysis of surveys, for example, from the Open University Business Barometer 2018, City and Guilds and Skills and Employment Survey 2017 – a survey of workers in Britain.

Debating the first principles of English vocational education: June 2018 - Join the debate.

Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 1 April 2018

This first issue focuses on skills shortages in the engineering sector. It presents research conducted by for example, CBI, British Chambers of Commerce and the DfE. In addition, it includes definitions of key concepts by Prof. F. Green, such as skills, skills shortage, skills gap, skills deficit.


Our plan for Higher Education: Diverse, employment-focused, value for money

This report discusses recent issues in higher education (HE), such as the growing number of students, tuition fees and students’ debts, employability of graduates and the graduate labour market. The report offers examples of good practice of alternative HE provisions. 

Our plan for 14-19 Education: Coherent, Unified, Holistic

This report argues for a 14-19 phase of education. It discusses 14-19 year olds’ preparation for the world of work considering the wider context of skills shortages, the digital revolution and Brexit. Read our plan for a coherent, unified and holistic 14-19 education. 


The Digital Revolution - The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on employment and education

This report outlines the challenges and opportunities the digital revolution poses to the labour market and employment. Consequently, it is the education system – from primary to higher education – that should respond to the digital revolution and prepare young people for a changing labour market.

14-19 Education: A new Baccalaureate

This report argues for a broad and balanced curriculum and proposes the extension of the New Baccalaureate with creative and design and technology subjects that develop skills for the 21th century. This report argues for a 14-19 unified phase of learning (see also Our Plan for 14-19 Education. Coherent, Unified and Holistic), allowing young people and teachers more flexibility to ensure that everyone can fulfil their talents by the age of 19.