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Review of apprenticeship research

This study involves a review of recent research and evaluation activity related to Apprenticeships with the aim of developing an ongoing and periodic review of such outputs. The monthly reviews (or updates) provide summaries of all relevant recent publications and attempts to identify key themes addressed by each to enable the reader to best utilise the material. The outputs of the review aim to serve as an important reference tool for policymakers and researchers within the National Apprenticeships Service, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and more widely which will help furthe debates about Apprenticeships and other forms of workplace learning and vocational education and training.

The final report in this review is available online.

This final report updates the project’s initial overall literature review, drawing on material published and summarised in the monthly updates. As in the initial literature review, the report provides discussion aligned with key themes which have emerged in the research and other publications over the course of the project. This organisation of the review is meant to highlight the policy-relevance of various outputs.

The first literature review, which covers apprenticeship research published between January 2010 and February 2012, has been published on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website (Full Report). Monthly updates covering research published between March 2012 and March 2013 are also availalbe. The final report for the review updates the overall literature review by bringing together relevant evidence that was summarised in the monthly update documents.


Principal Investigator:

Lynn Gambin

Project Team:

Terence Hogarth
Alan Brown

Project Duration:

Feb 2012 - April 2013

Project Sponsors:


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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For more IER research into apprenticeships, training and work-based learning see our Research Theme page