As a cornerstone of our business for more than 20 years employment, skills and welfare research is a sector that defines what we do and who we are as a company. We have teams of researchers and interviewers with specialist skills and knowledge in this sector which is reflected in the outstanding quality of our work and the insight it delivers.

Taking the pulse of change

Reforming and simplifying the employment, skills and welfare system is central to the current government’s drive to return the economy to sustainable economic growth and to extend social inclusion. As a result, there are widespread changes taking place within the sector and we are working extensively with clients to deliver the evidence base to inform these. We are on all of the key goverment frameworks and appreciate fully the role we are playing in informing the transformation of a vital part of our public services.

See Who We Work For to see an overview  of our clients.

Project and Programme Experience

Throughout our long history of researching the progress and impact of a range of employment, skills and welfare related programmes, we have helped to inform policy and have developed specialised skills in the following areas of research, evaluation and consultancy:

  • Skills development by employers 
    • securing employer engagement
    • overcoming market failures in engagement
    • identifying enablers and barriers to training investment
    • and measuring participatio and expenditure
  • Work Based Learning programmes 
    • we are experts on the wider Apprenticeship agenda and especially factors influencing employers, young people, adults and providers to engage with programmes or not
    • the processes of Apprenticeships
    • the outcomes and impacts of participation and strategies to increase participation
  • Skills for life 
    • measuring participation in basic skills programmes
    • overcoming barriers to participation
    • and building capacity to deliver basic skills tuition
  • Sector skill analysis 
    • measuring skills demand and supply in industrial and commercial sectors at local and national level
    • identifying gaps in skills supply
    • and recommending approaches to improve the balance between demand and supply
  • Learning and skills 
    • assiting local or national government to plan or evaluate programmes which use learning to increase the rate at which those in NEET or other disadvantaged groups progress into higher learning or into sustained employment
  • National themes and trends in welfare to work policies
    • examples include labour market programme analysis, examination of transitions, policy development and delivery studies

We are also well versed in the integrating employment and skills agenda which brings together the welfare and skills systems to ensure that they are more in line with the needs of both individuals and employers