Research and analysis

Intermediate and low level vocational qualifications: economic returns

Study analysing the economic returns associated with intermediate and low level vocational qualifications. BIS research paper number 53.


Returns to intermediate and low level vocational qualifications

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The study used information from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Labour Force Survey between 1996 and 2009 to assess the impacts of vocational qualifications on earnings, as well as the probability of being employed. It covers the United Kingdom, but for apprenticeships the analysis was restricted to England only. It supports evidence showing positive employment and earnings returns for most qualifications gained in adulthood.

Published 28 September 2011