University of Sheffield to drive research into vocational education

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Sheffield University is to drive forward research in vocational education in the UK.

The university’s Department of Economics will form part of a new Centre for Vocational Education Research, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Researchers will examine how vocational education can help strengthen the UK’s economy.

Nick Boles , Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, said: “A skilled workforce, able to meet the needs of employers and industries, is vital to our continued economic growth.

“I’m delighted to be opening the Centre for Vocational Education Research, bringing together experts from universities and colleges to build on our work driving up standards in skills and training.

“Creating new ideas for skills provision, rooted in analysis and rigorous research, will help the UK create a world-class workforce of the future.”

Sandra McNally, founding director of the new centre, said: “The new Centre aspires to become a world-class research hub to generate a step-change in our understanding of the nature, significance and potential contribution of vocational education to individuals and the wider economy.”