Previous Events Organised by CVER
The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) at the London School of Economics (LSE) held a conference on the economics of vocational education and training on 5-6 September 2016. Keynote speakers include Professor Eric Maurin (Paris School of Economics), Professor Sarah Turner (University of Virginia), and Professor Stefan Wolter (University of Berne).
Review of England
Date: Thursday 28 January 2016
In January 2016 OECD launched a report on adult skills in England, Building Skills of All, Review of England. The event was organised jointly by the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) and OECD.
In England there are around nine million people with low literacy or numeracy skills or both. These nine million people might, for example, struggle to estimate how much petrol is left in the petrol tank from a sight of the gauge, or not be able to fully understand instructions on a bottle of aspirin. While basic skills of older people in England compare reasonably well with skills of their counterparts in other countries, younger people are lagging badly behind. This report was commissioned to offer an independent assessment of what could be behind these issues and to recommend some potential policy solutions.
The event gave attendees the opportunity to hear about how England compares to other countries in terms of basic skills, main challenges in the area of basic skills faced by England and policy solutions advanced by the OECD to address these challenges. The scope of the report includes 16-19 schooling, higher education and adult skills sectors.
The presentations of the main findings from the OECD were followed by the opportunity to discuss the findings and policy implications in more detail.
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9 July 2016, London School of Economics
The Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP, hosted a Ministerial Seminar on Professional and Technical Education Routes, jointly organised by the Centre for Vocational Education Research and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 9 July.
24 March 2016, London School of Economics
The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) is a newly established research institution, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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