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Innovative and powerful market intelligence products for the education sector

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Custom Solutions


Information, analysis and advice customised to your needs




Examples of our research studies, commissioned by a wide range of influential clients

Supporting the sector with powerful market intelligence tools and services


Working closely with the sector, we have developed a range of easy to use products and services that inform decision making, planning and marketing activities. Our products help you identify the skills needs of employers and learners in your local area and show how the current volume and quality of provision is meeting this demand.

Our products and services include web-based market intelligence tools and online survey products that help you understand and engage with staff, students, employers and key influencers in your community. This insight and analysis can be used to support highly detailed and robust curriculum, competitor and local area reviews.

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70% Increase in Science & Maths (Level 3)

27% Increase in Business & Admin (Level 4+)

20% Employed in professional occupations

33% of Apprentices study at FE Colleges

Custom, innovative data analysis and research solutions


Apprentices in training in England by programme level

58% Intermediate

40% Advanced

2% Higher

We recognise that each provider and agency has unique needs and we would be pleased to work with you in designing a customised solution to meet your specific requirements. Issues we have helped address in the past include the reasons for poor retention, opportunities for partnership working, the costs and benefits of expanding higher education and evidence to support bids for new facilities.

Our knowledge and experience in the post-16 education sector, in data analysis and in research means we can provide robust and credible evidence to support your needs. RCU provides the full range of research capabilities including data analysis, surveys, consultancy, in-depth stakeholder interviews, focus groups and modelling techniques.

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A national reputation for credible and innovative research


RCU has been carrying out independent research for the sector for over 15 years. Clients include the Skills Funding Agency, the Education and Training Foundation, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, New Economy LEP and the Association of Colleges.

Our research has provided our clients with in-depth insight into the education and training sector and has helped shape future policy. Recent research projects include a review of FE Choices, the impact of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans and an Evaluation of Community Learning Trust Pilots.

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Apprenticeship Volumes by Age band (2014/15)

22%under 19




I have been pleased to work with the RCU team over a period of years. The bespoke reports they produced for Great Yarmouth College have allowed us to accurately determine our market share and plan our marketing strategy, identifying areas for future growth and development.

Stuart Rimmer

Principal , Great Yarmouth College

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