Education & Skills

Education and skills research is our main area of focus and expertise. We understand how vital education is to building strong knowledge economies and sustainable workforces.

We also understand the differences between traditionally academic and vocational learning streams and why the development of professional skills is critical in today’s world.

Our clients range from well known universities and awarding bodies to international education providers and teacher training institutions. We also help education businesses to understand their current and prospective markets better, to enable better, more targeted investment and growth.

We don’t believe that one solution fits all. We have in-depth knowledge of over 30 different education and skills systems internationally; we have also designed and delivered major education and skills research projects in the UK and abroad.

  Sample Projects

Save the Children Norway commissioned us to conduct a multi-country study looking at equity in education financing, and the extent to which governments target their education funding towards the poorest and most marginalised groups. We used a combination of literature reviews, analysis of international datasets and interviews with local stakeholders. Outputs included a final summary report, looking at the mechanisms which best contribute to equitable outcomes in education, and individual country reports making recommendations for Cambodia, India, Nepal and Pakistan; and Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

We were commissioned by the British Council to conduct a skills gap analysis of the oil and gas sector in Kenya, Ghana and Mauritania. We worked with local research teams to interview a range of stakeholders in each country and to conduct focus groups with young people on their training and employment ambitions. The final report helps industry ensure that their efforts to build local workforces are sustainable and yield positive impact on communities.

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