Education to Employment

It is crucial that young people make successful transitions from education to employment. The choices they make at school, and the subsequent pathways they follow – engaging in different types of education and training, acquiring different types of qualification - lead to very different outcomes.


Our research seeks to inform the development of an education system that supports young people in their journey through education and into employment, equipping them with the skills, high-quality qualifications and information necessary for their futures, and their wider contribution to society and the economy

We are committed to helping to improve the means by which young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, access opportunities and information that encourage them to understand their talents and interests, and identify appropriate education pathways to employment.

Our research explores the most effective ways of achieving this, and of increasing young people’s engagement with education. We also support the development of high-quality routes into employment through our research on different aspects of the many institutions, qualifications and training routes available, and how they can be strengthened.

The Skills Imperative 2035: Rethinking skills gaps and solutions - Working paper 4
New analysis quantifying the current availability of the seven essential employment skills amongst the population.
The Skills Imperative 2035: An analysis of the demand for skills in the labour market in 2035 - Working paper 3
Projections of the skills needed in future jobs, plus estimates of 'skills demand' in 2035.
Meeting the essential employment skills demands for the future labour market
Blog post by Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, published as part of UCAS's 'Journey to a Million' campaign.
Understanding how the labour market will change in the future is essential to meet demand
Blog post by Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, first published in The Edge Foundation's 'Skills Shortages in the UK economy' bulletin.
The Skills Imperative 2035: Occupational Outlook - Long-run employment prospects for the UK - Working paper 2
Headline report on how the size and composition of the labour market might change by 2035.
The Skills Imperative 2035: what does the literature tell us about essential skills most needed for work? - Working paper 1
This literature review is the first report under The Skills Imperative 2035: Essential skills for tomorrow’s workforce research programme, which is being funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
T Level results are welcome but need further scrutiny
Blog post by Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard
Education Select Committee Post-16 Qualifications inquiry
In November 2021, the Education Select Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of Post-16 Qualifications.
Research into the T Level Transition Programme
The research focused on the first providers who started delivering their Transition Programmes from September 2020 in Education and Childcare; Digital; and Construction.
Investigating the potential use of long-term school and college destination measures
This research seeks to fill this gap by investigating the availability of intermediate (Level 2, equivalent to GCSEs) and advanced (Level 3, equivalent to A-levels) apprenticeships, and associated age, qualification, skill and experience requirements.
Worrying workforce data demands we focus more on adult skills
NFER Research Director Luke Bocock discusses what should be done in response to the rise of automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace.