The aim was to scope different examples of collaboration between employers and businesses to support progression into advanced level skills that could inform the development of the proposed CEAII. The ambition for the CEAII is wide ranging not only to address progression issues from schools through the developing Industrial Centres of Excellence in priority employment sectors, but also to consider how the development could open up opportunities for improved collaborations between local business and the Higher Education providers locally and improve business access to research development and support services, as well as potential workforce development provision.
We were engaged by the National HE STEM programme for two projects related to the employability and employer engagement developments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based across England and Wales, and funded through the programme. These projects involved careful management, communicating with over 50 projects leads and officers and synthesising their project outcomes.
We carried out a confidential study on behalf of a chartered professional body. The work involved a review of the current market for qualifications in the professional sector and an assessment of potential approaches and developments they could consider in repositioning and strengthening their offer to the sector.