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Our mission is to work with and through our partners to secure a greater commitment to invest in the skills of people to drive, enterprise, jobs and growth. 
To find out more about the UK Commission, including our strategic objectives, remit and business plan see the about us section.

With our Commissioners, we are focused on four outcomes:

Outcome 1 Outcome 2 Outcome 3 Outcome 4

To enable us to deliver against these outcomes we have several major projects this year. Find out more using the links below:

Alternatively you can browse all our work, including historical projects, by themes e.g. Standards and frameworks.
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  • Tackling Exclusion

    12 Jul 2013

    This project was a scoping one, which aimed to identify employment and skills outcomes for the most excluded in society. And also assesses whether the current performance management and funding framework encourages providers to work with the hardest to help, and explored options of delivery that would improve outcomes for socially excluded groups.

  • Targets, measures, incentives and funding

    12 Jul 2013

    This project focused on identifying measures to support the success and raise the aspirations of delivery organisations in the UK.

  • The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030

    3 Mar 2014

    What will jobs in the UK look like in 2030? What skills will be in greatest demand? What can people and businesses do now to prepare for changes in the labour market? The Future of Work research provides results from a qualitative study on the trends, disruptions, and drivers of change in the UK economy and labour market over the next 16 years.

  • The impact of the 2008-09 recession on training at work

    13 Sep 2013

    The impact of the 2008-09 recession period on work related training is explored by a leading team of researchers from Cardiff University and the ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), Institute of Education. The quantitative and qualitative evidence presented indicates that the recession has not been as severe as many had feared. It appears to have done little to change the UK’s training activity as measured by its incidence, intensity and quality. However, the gradual decline in training, in both private and public sectors, has continued.

  • The UK Commission’s Employer Perspectives Survey

    4 Jun 2013

    The UK Commission’s Employer Perspectives Survey (UKCEPS) is a major survey of UK employers, looking at how they meet their skills requirements and in particular their perceptions and use of external skills and employment services. Topics covered in the survey include recruitment, training provision, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. Each year the survey also covers specific areas of policy interest. In the latest survey this included questions on work placements and the recruitment of young people.

  • The UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS)

    4 Jun 2013

    The UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS) is the largest of its kind in the world. It gives a comprehensive and robust picture of skills needs and training investment in UK business. Topics covered in the survey include training and staff development, vacancies and skills shortages, employee skill gaps and the recruitment of education leavers.

  • Thematic Reviews

    29 Jan 2014

    The Thematic Reviews series comprise a suite of evidence reviews that provide topical information on critical labour market and skills issues. The aim is to further develop the evidence base by drawing together information from a number of different UK sources


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