Higher vocational and technical education: An alternative to degrees?

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2 Dean Trench Street
SW1P 3HE London
United Kingdom

Higher vocational education offers an important if massively under-explored alternative choice of tertiary education, often run by local colleges and resulting in lower debt for students compared to those incurred by degree holders (or, if within an apprenticeship, no debt at all because of employer funding).

In this workshop we will present work by researchers at NIESR on the earnings effects of higher vocational education compared to studying for degrees.  Our presentation will be followed by a discussion involving academic economists and people working in education policy.


9.45 - 10.15    Registration and coffee

10.15 - 10.30  Introduction by Professor Sandra McNally (Director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research, LSE, and University of Surrey)

10.30 - 11.00  Presentation Higher vocational education: An alternative to degrees?

  • Presentation Earnings from higher level vocational and technical education, Dr Hctor Espinoza (NIESR)
  • Presentation Who does higher vocational education after degrees?,
    Dr Stefan Speckesser (NIESR)

11.00 - 11.20   Comments by panellist

  • Dr Jack Britton (Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • Harry Anderson (Confederation of British Industry)
  • Dr Arti Saraswat (Association of Colleges, requested)
  • Dr Jennifer Allen (The Gatsby Charitable Foundation)

11.20 - 12.00  Discussion chaired by Prof. McNally

The event is free to attend but places are limited, therefore to ensure attendance please RSVP as soon as possible to Luca Pieri:

Email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7654 1931

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