Guidance

UKCES Futures Programme: an introduction

Through the UK Futures Programme, UKCES is co-creating with business, and other partners, to develop and pilot innovative solutions to long-standing or emerging workforce development issues.

Documents

UKCES Futures Programme: introduction

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The UK Futures Programme: solving the productivity puzzle through innovative skills development

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The UK Futures Programme tests theories of change through live projects to determine what works and what doesn’t in addressing the following productivity challenges. The programme also looks to share this learning with wider businesses and inform policy development.

Productivity challenges

Unblocking productivity barriers in a growing sector

Different routes to increasing management and leadership in small firms

Addressing low pay, low skill, and low value jobs

Applying to the Futures Programme

Please note: there are no opportunities to apply at present.

The introduction document (available at the top of this page) provides guidance on:

  • the main features of the programme
  • what is expected from applicant bids
  • the support successful bids will receive
  • the need for innovation and the impact UKCES intends to create

The following links take you to useful material on understanding and submitting an application into the Futures Programme.

Published 30 April 2014
Last updated 18 November 2015 + full page history
  1. Updated page content, including updating status of challenges (currently no open opportunities), and grouping challenges by theme.
  2. Updated competition 6 status to closed.
  3. Updated introduction document to most recent version.
  4. Additional text on current competition and competition history.
  5. First published.