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Sense & instability

Sense & Instability 2016

Objective: To revisit the 2014 Sense & Instability report to understand whether or not there had been any improvements in policymaking and implementation.


Using the 2014 report, 'Sense & Instability: three decades of skills and employment policy' and its recommendations as a basis, we explored the latest Government policies - such as the apprenticeship levy, the Post-16 Skills Plan and the Area-Based Reviews to see if there had been any progress.


The Research Base


September 2016 to November 2016


Despite positive steps forward to simplify and improve the skills system, many of the underlying barriers to effective skills and employment policymaking remain. Using this insight, we called on the Government to:

- Develop a consolidated, consultative approach to Further Education and skills policy
- Ensure learning opportunities for youth and disadvantaged groups
- Focus on quality not quantity
- Ensure greater ownership and engagement from employers