Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER)

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The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) is a research institution, funded by the UK government Department for Education.

The Centre aims to become a world-class research hub with the potential to generate a step-change in our understanding of the nature, significance and potential contribution of vocational education to individuals and the wider economy.

The Centre brings together four partners:

CVER will aim to address the following fundamental questions facing vocational education today:

  1. Describing the Further and Vocational Education landscape in England
  2. How does vocational education affect individual prosperity, firm productivity and profitability, and economic growth?
  3. How can the quantity of 'high quality' vocational education provision be improved?
  4. How do the costs and benefits of vocational education influence individuals' participation decisions?

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The Sheffield CVER team are leading on projects seeking to estimate the economic value of vocational qualifications in the labour market, using data obtained from national surveys as well as newly-available administrative data. A separate project is focusing on the demand for vocational education skills, by observing the tasks undertaken by holders of vocational qualifications in the jobs on which they are employed, allowing us to determine the extent to which they use the skills developed whilst acquiring their qualifications.

The team based at Sheffield’s Department of Economics are also working closely with The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and its Advanced Apprenticeships that are widely accepted as one the highest quality apprenticeships in England.

The results of this research will be published in various forms, including discussion papers, briefing notes and blog posts. These will be found on the CVER website, which also contains more information about the work of the centre across all our partners.

The Sheffield CVER team

Steven McIntoshSteven McIntosh

Professor of Economics

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 3406
Email: s.mcintosh@sheffield.ac.uk

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Andy DickersonAndy Dickerson

Professor of Economics

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 3321
Email: a.p.dickerson@sheffield.ac.uk

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Photo of Damon MorrisDamon Morris

Research Associate

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 9659
Email: d.j.morris@sheffield.ac.uk

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Photo of Konstantina MaragkouKonstantina Maragkou

Research Student

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 3421 or +44 (0) 114 222 3311
Email: KMaragkou1@sheffield.ac.uk

  

Photo of Jim ChenJim Chen

Research Student

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 3421 or +44 (0) 114 222 3311
Email: JJChen1@sheffield.ac.uk