Matches learner data with their employment and earnings data, to look at the long term impact of training. BIS research paper number 106.
London Economics carried out research for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) linking learning, employment and earnings data. The findings were published in 2011 as BIS research report number 47 on the long term effect of vocational qualifications on labour market outcomes. This report raised further questions, so we asked London Economics to carry out further analysis using the same methodology as their original work.
Overall the findings support those in the earlier report. There are strong positive effects from vocational training on both long-term earnings and long-term employment chances. There is some variation depending on the level of learning aim or the specific qualification. However, in general the results are clear: gaining skills and qualifications results in improved labour market outcomes that continue for many years after learning.