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Current research

Our research projects aim to contribute and provide insight to key topics focused on careers, apprenticeships and skills. You will also find here additional collaborations with partners, using shared learning from our evidence base to add value on broader discussions within the sector.

Gender Bias Research

  • Closing the gender gap: exploring gender differences in careers advice and aspirations.

    WorldSkills UK and the Careers & Enterprise Company partnered together to develop a better understanding of how gendered stereotypes can impact the career choices of young women. From which we have produced this report ‘Closing the Gender Gap’ Exploring gender differences in careers advice and aspirations, surveying 2000 young people aged 11–19 and 2,001 parents of children aged 11–19.

    The findings in this report are a wakeup call and show that, despite past progress, we can never assume that further progress is inevitable when it comes to equality. This report provides a springboard from which we can be more ambitious. We look forward to working together and discussing with our stakeholder networks what more we can do to practically help further the career opportunities of both young women and men whilst, at the same time, supporting their parents and teachers.

    Read the report

Skills Competition Evaluation Project

  • Skills Competition Evaluation Project

    WorldSkills UK competitions bring together apprentices and young people from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill.

    WorldSkills UK has commissioned the Edge Foundation to investigate the experiences of competitors who participated in local, regional and national competitions between 2012 and 2016. The research includes surveying a sample of competitors in November 2017, which will be followed by a small number of individual interviews in order to gain more detail about their experiences. The interviews will be conducted in January-February 2018.

    Download the flyer

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