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Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 8 - January 2021

Our eighth bulletin provides an overview of key recent research focusing particularly on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the future of the labour market. It features research by Learning and Work Institute, Department for Education, Open University, Youth Employment UK, CBI, World Economic Forum, The Skills Network, Lloyds Bank Group and Ipsos MORI and Tech Nation, as well as a case study of ADA, the National College for Digital Skills.


Evaluation of the Edge Hotel School: December 2020

In 2019, The Edge Foundation commissioned the UCL Institute of Education to conduct an evaluation of the Edge Hotel School (EHS), which was founded by the Edge Foundation in partnership with the University of Essex. The central focus of this evaluation has been to explore how the EHS model combines the development of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills through an action-based learning approach and to identify wider implications and lessons to be learnt for industry-engaged education. The evaluation has also sought to identify perceived challenges, key achievements and future developments envisaged by stakeholders.

Drivers of early career success for UK undergraduates: An analysis of graduate destinations surveys: November 2020

This research looks at drivers of graduates’ career success, which can be linked to students’ university experience. It draws on graduate destination surveys commissioned by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), comparing graduates’ answers at approximately six months after graduation with their answers at 3.5 years after graduation for those leaving university in 2012/13.

A contemporary approach to employable graduates Cardiff National Software Academy: October 2020

This research study examines the National Software Academy (NSA) at Cardiff University based in Newport, Wales, as a model of higher education delivery. The report explores how the NSA has built employer engagement in the development and delivery of curriculum to make it timely and relevant to the workplace, and delivers teaching that ensures graduates leave “work- ready”.

A journey to employment for young people with additional needs: September 2020

This report studies three case studies and how each supports young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) on their journey into employment. The case studies included in the report are St Martins School, their Sixth Form offering at Horizons, and their internship scheme with DFN Project SEARCH.

Education Technology in Further Education Colleges: July 2020

Since September 2019, the Edge Foundation has been conducting a vital piece of research to see how Further Education colleges are using education technology to equip students and staff with the digital skills they will need in their future careers; and what the challenges are that college staff are facing in integrating education technology. The study looks at how four FE colleges across the UK have successfully integrated digital technologies into their practice.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Education: June 2020

This report summarises a wide variety of evidence on the early impacts of lockdown including on the youth labour market, disadvantage, schools, further education and higher education.

Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 7 - June 2020

Our seventh bulletin provides an overview of key recent research as a baseline from before the coronavirus pandemic. It features research by Resolution Foundation, RSA, OECD, EU Commission, Education & Employers, Deidre Hughes, LinkedIn and the Industrial Strategy Council, as well as a focus on the logistics industry.

Debating the first principles of English vocational education (Volume 3) May 2020

The third in a series of reports including reflections from leading academics, businesses and educationalists to key questions on the philosophy of vocational education. The report summarises some of the key points that were made in our third debate on this theme, which took place in November 2019.

Our Plan for Further Education: Defined, Career and Skills Focused, Collaborative

Our Plan for FE includes contributions from academics and stakeholders across the FE sector and across the four nations. It includes case studies from colleges that are already successfully delivering innovative practise across the UK.


Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 6 - November 2019

Our sixth bulletin provides a summary of key messages from across this series of reports. It includes new research by IZA Labor Economics, the Migration Advisory Committee, RSA and Open University as well as a focus on the construction centre in partnership with the Federation of Master Builders.

Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 5 - July 2019

Our fifth bulletin focuses on skills shortages in the health and social care sector. It also includes research on the extent of skills shortages by The Open University, as well as research from LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Learning and Work Institute, Youth Emplyment UK, ONS, OxPolicy, Centre for Cities, RSA and The Health Foundation.  

Debating the first principles of English vocational education (Volume 2) April 2019 

This second report includes further reflections from leading academics, businesses and educationalists to key questions about the philosophy of vocational education. It reflects key messages from our second debate on the principles of English vocational education in November 2018.

Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 4 - April 2019

Our fourth bulletin focuses on skills shortages in the hospitality industry. It also includes key analysis of leading research on the labour market and future of work by RSA, the World Economic Forum, CIPD, Education and Employers and the National Education Union.  

Our Plan for Apprenticeships: Broader, Higher Quality, Better Prepared

This report sets out extensive quantitative and qualitative research about English apprenticeships, arguing that these should become broader, that they should focus on quality over quantity and that they should focus on young people aged 16-24 or those who are new to their occupation.


Joint Dialogue: How are schools developing real employability skills?

This report shows that the exam results driven culture of the EBacc and new GCSEs and A levels is leaving less opportunity for students to develop digital skills, creative thinking, teamwork and other critical workplace skills.

Skills Shortages in the UK Economy: Edge Bulletin 3 - November 2018

The third bulletin in the series focuses on skills shortages in the creative industries. It includes key analysis of two leading surveys in this area – the Employer Skills Survey 2017 and CBI/Pearson Annual Report 2018. 

Towards a Twenty-First Century Education System: Edge Future Learning

This report sets out our latest research and thinking about how schools and colleges can best help young people to develop the skills and attributes they will need for their future life and work. It features case studies of leading practice from home and abroad and lays out our plans for future work over the coming year.

FE and Skills Across the Four Countries of the UK: New opportunities for policy learning

This report compares the skills and FE systems across England, Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland to highlight similarities and differences and shine a spotlight on interesting practice from all four countries.

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 

This report includes contributions from leading academics, businesses and educationalists to key questions about the philosophy of vocational education. This is part of an ongoing piece of work being led by Edge. You can find out more and join the debate here.

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.