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Peter Dickinson

Research interests

Peter currently specialises in local labour market skills and their intersection with productivity and inclusive growth. Peter has been a local labour market and skills researcher his whole career and has directed, managed and delivered over 100 research projects over the learning and skills agenda: schools, FE, HE, alternative provision, pupils and young people with SEND, apprenticeships, green skills, digital skills, NEET, financial and pastoral support, employer co-funding, employability and transferable skills.

    Academic profile

    Peter Dickinson joined IER as a Senior Research Fellow in 2017. Prior to this Peter worked as a researcher in a number of for profit and not for profit organisations working with a range of supra national, national, subregional, local government and third sector organisations.

    Currrent projects

    • Peter is currently working on a number of projects:

      • Covid 19 - Employer incentives for apprenticeships: Review of evidence with Terence Hogarth and Chris Warhurst. Funded by Skills Development Scotland. Project Start Date: May 2020 - Project End Date: June 2020

      • Midlands Engine Mental Health and Productivity Pilot. Funded by the Midlands Engine. Project Start Date: January 2020 - Project End Date: March 2023
      • In-work Progression. Funded by ESRC IAA working with Liverpool City Region. Project Start Date: February 2020 - Project End Date: March 2020
      • Creative Freelancer Business Models and Place based Growth. Working with Coventry University. Funded by NESTA. Project Start Date: February 2020 - Project End Date: December 2020
      • Apprenticeships with the Benefit of Hindsight. Working with Terence Hogarth and Beate Baldauf. Funded by the Edge Foundation and Gatsby Foundation. Project Start Date: February 2020 - Project End Date: December 2020
      • Independent Review of Co-op Group Apprenticeship programme. Working with Beate Baldauf. Funded by the Co-op Group. Project Start Date: December 2019 - Project End Date: December 2020
      • Employer apprenticeship wage setting. Working with Terence Hogarth and Beate Baldauf. Funded by the Low Pay Commission. Project Start Date: February 2020 - Project End Date: December 2020
      • Alternative Provision Workforce Research. Working with Beate Baldauf and Gaby Atfield. Funded by the Department for Education. Project Start Date: September 2019 - Project End Date: March 2020
      • Researching the impact of Accountancy Apprenticeships Working with Beate Baldauf, Erika Kispeter and Gaby Atfield. Funded by Kaplan and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Project Start Date: May 2019 - Project End Date: May 2020
    • All projects

    Selected publications

    • Luchinskaya, D. and Dickinson, P. (2019). ‘Virtuous’ and ‘Vicious’ Circles? Adults’ Participation in Different Types of Training in the UK and Its Association with Wages. Social Inclusion 2019, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 177–201. DOI: 10.17645/si.v7i3.2039
    • Dickinson, P. (2019) Choices students make between different post-18 education routes. London: Department for Education
    • Luchinskaya, D. and Dickinson, P. (2019). The adult skills gap: is falling investment in UK adults stalling social mobility? London: Social Mobility Commission (Social Mobility Commission Report).
    • Skills Advisory Panels Feasibility Study, Forthcoming. Department for Education
    • Work experience and vocational/technical provision for young people on SEN support, December 2018. Department for Education
    • Report of the West Midlands Productivity & Skills Commission, August 2018. West Midlands Combined Authority Productivity & Skills Commission
    • The impact of the apprenticeship levy, June 2017. Association of Employment and Learning Providers
    • Evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund: Interim Report, March 2017. HEFCE
    • Evaluation of STRIVE employment support for homeless people, 2015. DCLG

      Evaluation of Getting Ahead: the Symud Ymlaen/Moving Forward project —Interim Report, December 2014. Big Lottery Fund
    • Research on Understanding Localised Policy Interventions in Business Support and Skills, 2013. BIS Research Paper No. 156, BIS.

    • International Evidence Review on Co-funding for Training, 2013. BIS Research Paper No. 116, BIS.

    • Evaluation of the European Social Fund Innovation, Transnational and Mainstreaming projects, 2012. DWP Research Report No. 817, DWP.

    All publications

    All conference presentations



    Senior Research Fellow

    Institute for Employment Research
    University of Warwick
    Coventry CV4 7AL

    Tel: +44(0)24 76524420
    Fax: +44(0)24 76 550860

    P dot Dickinson at warwick dot ac dot uk