Research and analysis

Adult vocational qualifications review: England

An analysis of the adult vocational qualifications system in England to identify good practice and recommendations for improvements.



In spring 2013, Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock asked Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems Group Managing Director and Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), to review adult vocational qualifications in England. The review involved analysing the current system for vocational qualifications in England, to identify areas that require improvement and to make recommendations for reform, building on and celebrating what works. This is the final report of that review.

The report calls for a system in which employers and unions work in partnership with well-regulated awarding organisations and flexible training providers to design, develop and deliver qualifications that provide growth for employers and progression for learners.