In recent years, training participation and adult education have declined in the UK. This matters as the skills that adults learn after leaving formal education are crucial in the labour market and are a key driver of productivity. Yet despite a multitude of major reforms to skills policy, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, both public and employer investment in training and skills courses have declined.

In this online event we presented the findings of a new report, published as part of the IFS Green Budget, focused on England's approach to investment in training and skills. IFS researchers explored the changing patterns of training participation and provide an analysis of current policies and strategies aimed at supporting investment in adult education and training. Following the IFS presentation, we heard from Simon Field (Skills Policy), David Hughes (Association of Colleges), and Mary Mahoney (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning), who shared their thoughts on the research.

This event is funded by