Higher Level Skills in London

Education and Training at Levels 4 and 5 in London

This research was commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to establish a stronger evidence base regarding the place and value of higher level skills in London. These are courses, apprenticeships and qualifications at Levels 4 and 5. The provision is commonly styled higher technical education.

The study was undertaken by a team brought together by Richard Boniface (RCU) and Gareth Parry (University of Sheffield). The authors are Jennifer Allen, Richard Boniface, Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Gareth Parry, Arti Saraswat, Anne Thompson and Graham Whalley.

The bulk of the study was completed before the first lockdown in March 2020. A data team analysed trends and patterns in participation. A fieldwork team interviewed providers, employers and awarding organisations.

The study focussed on five main questions:

  1. What is the participation of Londoners at Levels 4 and 5?
  2. How is Level 4 and 5 represented in five priority sectors: tech and digital; culture and creative; health and social care; low carbon and environmental; and advanced urban?
  3. What factors bear on supply and demand?
  4. Are qualifications important?
  5. What features are distinctive to London?

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