Economic impact studies

The economic contribution of further education colleges has been assessed in a series of recent reports. In addition to those listed here, AoC keeps a library of reports including individual college studies, please contact us if you require further information.

The economic value of Collab Group colleges, February 2017
(Collab Group and Emsi)
The economic value of Collab Group colleges, February 2017 (PDF,7.58 MB)

Measuring the Net Present Value of Further Education in England, June 2015
(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Research Paper 228):
Measuring the Net Present Value of Further Education in England - full report (PDF,314.58 KB)

Estimation of the labour market returns to qualifications gained in English Further Education, December 2014
(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Research Paper 195):
Estimation of the labour market returns to qualifications gained in English Further Education - full report (PDF,1.43 MB)
Further education in England: labour market returns to qualifications gained - infographic (PDF,185.78 KB)
Further education in England: labour market returns to qualifications gained - Annex and data

Further education learners: average earnings post study 2010 to 2011 and 2012 to 2013, December 2014
(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)):

Further education learners: average earnings post study 2010 to 2011 and 2012 to 2013 - full report (PDF,364 KB)
Further education learners: average earnings post study 2010 to 2011 and 2012 to 2013 - additional analysis

Methodological issues in estimating economic impact
Times Higher Education article on methodological issues in estimating the value added of further education, higher educatuion and skills, June 2014

Enterprise Education Impact in HE and FE, July 2013
(Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Research Paper by ICF/GFK):
Enterprise Education Impact on Higher Education and Further Education - Full Report (PDF,4.26 MB)

Evaluation of the value of Tier 4 international students to FE Colleges and the UK Economy, April 2013 (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Research Paper by BMG Research Ltd):
Evaluation of the value of Tier 4 international students to FE Colleges and the UK Economy - Full Report (PDF,489.67 KB)

The Impact of Further Education Learning, January 2013 (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Research Paper by Ipsos MORI and London Economics):
The Impact of Further Education Learning - Full Report (PDF,1.03 MB)
The Impact of Further Education Learning - BIS Report - Data Tables (XLS,146.5 KB)

Evaluation of the Impact of Capital Expenditure in FE Colleges, December 2012 (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Research Paper by Frontier Economics Ltd and BMG Research Ltd):
Evaluation of the Impact of Capital Expenditure in FE Colleges - Full Report (PDF,4.34 MB)

Valuing the Impact of Adult Learning - June 2012 (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), The SROI Network and the Local Government Association)
Valuing the Impact of Adult Learning - Full Report (PDF,598.08 KB)
Niace Press Release, June 2012

Estimating economic benefits from adult apprenticeships – Technical paper, February 2012 (National Audit Office (NAO) for Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and National Apprenticeship Service(NAS))
Estimating economic benefits from adult apprenticeships - Full Report (PDF,482.3 KB)

Measuring the economic impact of (post 19) further education, March 2011 (Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS))
Measuring the Economic Impact of Further Education - BIS - Full Report (PDF,327.76 KB)