Research and analysis

Prior qualifications of adults in further education workplace learning: 2011 to 2012

Findings of research into the prior qualification levels of adults aged 19 plus undertaking workplace learning. BIS research paper 117A.


Prior qualifications of adults undertaking workplace learning in further education 2011 to 2012: data

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The research examined how far investment in workplace learning has been directed towards up-skilling individuals with lower skill levels, especially those without prior attainment at full level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C or NVQ level 2). The research looked at the demographics, employment status and income of learners undertaking workplace learning and those undertaking their first level 2 learning.

The research looked specifically at the highest prior qualifications of adult learners (aged 19 plus) who were undertaking full level 2 or full level 3 workplace learning in November 2011. The survey took place between October and December 2012, and involved 3,000 interviews with learners.

Published 14 November 2013