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White papers and research

It is estimated that 70% of IT transformation projects fail. As more colleges turn to digital solutions to manage remote-learning options, business performance and Ofsted compliance, it is critical to achieve a higher success rate – not least because resources in the FE sector are scarce. The white paper explores the reasons why digital transformation projects fail, and shares what good practices colleges can deploy to ensure the success of new systems.

The last 18 months have been transformative, the coronavirus crisis spearheaded intense change throughout society. Businesses rapidly adopted new ways of working to survive, such as remote working, new communication styles, new strategies and widespread behavioural change. Our white paper provides insight on how the pandemic has affected pre-existing inequalities and explores how the pandemic has deepened them, with a focus on employability.

With contributions from Vince Cable, BIS Secretary from 2010 to 2015, Mandy Crawford-Lee at UVAC and Terry Hodgetts, Director of Corporate Client Solutions at Aston University, this white paper explores the history and rationale of the mandated qualification, the competing pressure on them with regard to integration, and the reasons why mandated qualifications matter.

In this white paper, we do a deep dive into why skills matter to business, the economy and to individuals.

  • The historical context of education and skills in the UK
  • Rationales for increased investment:
    • Economic
    • Society
    • Individual
  • What is needed to be done about the UK skill deficit

For anyone who wants to make the case for more policy attention and funding for skills, why we need better data, and why policy sometimes makes an unfair distinction between skills and academic learning, this is a must read.

The employability sector has faced extreme difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. Unemployment has rocketed, redundancies have increased, and recruitment has slowed down. This white paper explores how technology can be utilised to create effective solutions that enable jobseekers to get back to work. The research explores sound evidence that seeks to explain how technology can aid the recovery of the sector.

The employability sector is gearing up to support a large cohort of unemployed people as the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold. The sector is going to need to both rapidly scale its adviser workforce to cope with the growing demand and find more efficient ways to manage mass re-employment activity at scale.  This research develops a sound evidence base to help service providers (public, private and voluntary sector) target their Adviser recruitment efforts and think creatively about where they can attract new talent for the sector.

Whilst a positive employment outcome is the principle goal for employability providers, the most important factor is sustained employment.
This research demonstrates that enabling jobseeker self-service with active supervision by an advisor very substantially increases the number of people securing jobs and then staying in these jobs. These results were achieved across the spectrum of jobseekers, including the very long term unemployed and hardest to help.
In the research we cover:
  • Revenue potential if using Aptem Employ
  • Sustained employment outcomes using Aptem Employ
  • The impact of geography on sustained employment