Skills Research


Local Reports:


Northern Devon Skills Research
This research presents the findings of a survey of 341 local businesses, which was commissioned by the Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board and produced by our academic partner, SERIO at Plymouth University.

  • Summary – 18 page summary SERIO Plymouth University – December 2013
  • Full Report – Download this 83 page report for a more in-depth look at the data and analysis. SERIO Plymouth University – December 2013
  • Presentation – Download the full PowerPoint presentation from the Breakfast meeting.

Funded by Leader 4 this research will inform the ESB Skills Action Plan, identifying skills gaps, hard to fill vacancies, how employers feel about young people entering the world of work, and giving an insight into the local business experience of training provision.

Apprenticeships in North Devon & Torridge – A fifteen page report that analyses the National Apprenticeships Service starts data from 2010/11 to 2012/13  – February 2014

Northern Devon Employment & Skills Analysis – A forty-seven page report describing the economic, employment and skills context of the local area.
Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter – June 2013


National Reports:

Employer Skills Survey of 91,000 UK employers. Choose from a 9 page Executive Summary or the full report
Updated May 2015 – UKCES

Careers for the future

UKCES – December 2014

Engineering & Technology -Skills & Demand in Industry
The Institution of Engineering & Technology – 2014

Engineering & Technology – Skills & Demand in Industry Challenges
‘The Missing Million’ – Article from the Independent
Illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50’s – 2014

Gateway to Growth – Education and Skills Survey. Explores STEM skills, apprenticeships and careers advice
CBI/Pearson – 2014 – 75 pages

Taking Action: achieving a culture change in careers provision
National Careers Council – September 2014 – 40 pages

Enterprise for All – The relevance of enterprise education. Includes case studies, plus proposals for a new Enterprise Passport and a network of Enterprise Advisors
Lord Young – Department for Business Innovation & Skills – June 2014 – 52 pages

Careers Guidance and Inspiration for Young People in Schools
Department for Education – April 2014 – 18 pages

Top 10 Occupations of the Future
Institute for Public Policy Research – June 2014

The Importance of Vocational Education
Institute for Public Policy Research – Winning the Global Race – June 2014

Careers Guidance Action Plan
Government response to the Ofsted report below. Department for Education (DFE), Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) – September 2013

Going in the Right Direction?
Ofsted report on Careers guidance in schools following inspector visits to 60 secondary schools and academies – September 2013

An Aspirational Nation – Creating a Culture Change in Careers Provision – 64 page report. Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) – June 2013

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus – addressing the young people/jobs mismatch – CIPD April 2013

Investing in Young People – Why Your Business Can’t Afford to Miss Out. This report lays out the key evidence and benefits of investing in tomorrow’s workforce now. CIPD – September 2012

The Youth Employment Challenge – There is a need to dispel myths about work-readiness and aspirations to work among young people. This report highlights employers views and looks at re-inventing routes into work. UKCES July 2012

Ways into Work – Views of children & young people. Find out what 3000 young people really think about maths, career guidance, and the importance of employer involvement. City & Guilds – May 2012

Lost in Transition – The Changing Labour Market and young people not in employment, education or training. The Work Foundation – published May 2012

Businesses & Schools: Building the world of work together – A report highlighting the perceptions and experiences of businesses when working with schools to build the world of work into education. UKCES – April 2012

Work ready – Get fit for the job – short and snappy A4 graphic interpretation of these hard-hitting statistics.

15 page report from learndirect – April 2012

Creating Successful Local Economies – The LEP Network – Review of Local Enterprise Partnership area economies in 2013


Press & Media Articles:

Top eight most in-demand tech skills
With the need for tech skills growing faster than ever in the UK, the Tech Partnership looks at the top tech skills businesses are looking for
June 2015

UK nations have biggest skills gaps, says OECD
UK nations have the biggest skills gaps between young people who are not in education, employment or training and those in work
May 2015

Calls for more joined-up approach to preparing young people for careers
Western Morning News – June 2014

Vocational training key to jobs for young people in Devon and Cornwall
Western Morning News – June 2014

Record Proportion of People in Employment are Homeworkers
Office for National Statistics – June 2014

The Hard Truth about Soft Skills – This is a short Guardian article on employability skills.

Bridging the learning culture divide between Higher Education, Schools and Employers

Science Graduates ‘lack skills needed by businesses’

Employability: understand it to teach it

Skills Minister unveils new investment in skills in key industries

Three short articles from The Guardian – May 2013:

Sixth Formers miss out on Careers Advice

Students Seek Out Apprenticeships

Why School Leavers Skip University and Head for the Workplace


Career Progression Maps:

For employers – to help you to identify and articulate the skills needs, gaps and shortages in your workforce

  • For learners & career advisors – to help you understanding what skills employers will be looking for when recruiting and developing their staff
  • For training providers – to help you develop training which meets the needs of local employers
  • Career Progression Maps cover an extensive range of sectors from Health & Social Care to Hospitality, Manufacturing to Management, Customer Service to Construction. Find an example here: