Economic Affairs Committee

Economics of higher, further and technical education inquiry

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The deadline for submissions has now passed. Contact the Clerk if you still wish to make a submission. Oral evidence ongoing.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the economics of higher education, further education and vocational training. The percentage of young adults (ages 17 to 30) estimated to participate in higher education has increased from 42 per cent in 2006/07 to 48 per cent in 2014/15. But excluding universities, there was a 26 per cent fall in adult skills and education between 2011/12 and 2015/16. There has however been substantial growth in the number of apprenticeships over the same period and the Government pledged to create three million apprenticeships by 2020.

The inquiry will investigate how post-school education is funded and whether it is focused sufficiently on the skills which the British economy requires.

Call for evidence

Latest evidence

Next meetings

23 January 2018 3:30 pm

Oral Evidence Session

The economics of higher, further and technical education
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Witness(es)

(at 3:35 pm)
Mr Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Exiting the European Union, techUK
Mr Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates
Mr Matthew Houlihan, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, Cisco UK and Ireland
(at 4:35 pm)
Mr Seamus Nevin, Head of Policy Research, Institute of Directors
Ms Anna Purchas, Head of People, KPMG

Location

Room 1, Palace of Westminster

06 February 2018 3:30 pm

Oral Evidence Session

The economics of higher, further and technical education
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Witness(es)

(at 3:35 pm)
Mr Julian Gravatt, Assistant CEO, Association of Colleges
Mr Richard Atkins CBE, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education
Mr Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College

Location

Room 1, Palace of Westminster

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