Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER)

From 2015 to 2017, IES was part of a consortium of four partner institutions, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), delivering a multi-year programme on vocational education in the UK. The aim of the Centre for Vocational Education Research is to advance the understanding of the requirements for vocational education in Britain, in order to address and improve the long-running structural problems and inadequacies in the existing vocational education system.

The project delivered research in three main strands:

  1. How does VE generally (and more specifically, ‘high quality’ VE provision) impact on individual prosperity, firm productivity and profitability, and economic growth?
  2. How can the quantity of ‘high quality’ VE provision be improved?
  3. How do the costs and benefits of VE influence individuals’ participation decisions?

The Centre aims to become a world-class research hub with the potential to generate a step-change in our understanding of the nature, significance and potential contribution of VE to individuals and the wider economy.