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UK skills sector research on international activities

UK skills sector calls on all providers, of all types and sizes, operating globally to better understand value and volume of international activities. Even if you don’t export yourself, please do still fill in the survey.

The UK Skills Partnership, with the support of the British Council,  has commissioned a study to develop a robust estimate of how much skills sector exports contribute to the UK economy. Partners, The Research Base, will analyse the results and produce a report in early 2022.

UKSP encourages responses from all types of skills providers who export skills, training, skills consultancy, regulated or non-regulated qualifications, (including the products/services you provide in the United Kingdom to international organisations and students).

Please note that any financial information will be treated in the strictest confidence and nobody outside The Research Base will have access to any linked financial information.

Jonathan Ledger

Jonathan Ledger, TVET Specialist for the Department for International Trade, said:

The UK skills sector has been operating overseas in a range of markets for a long number of years. And yet, the true value, volume, scale and scope of the sector is not as clear as it should be – and we want to see that change.

From a policy and operational perspective, being able to articulate the value of the skills sector operating overseas will certainly be of benefit to the entire sector.

I would encourage all skills providers and skills tech providers to take ten minutes to respond to the survey. The greater the level of response, the more robust the sector recognition.”

Lesley Davies OBE

UK Skills Partnership Chair, Lesley Davies OBE commented

This is a brilliant opportunity for all skills organisations and suppliers from right across the UK and operating in any way outside of the UK to demonstrate their considerable contribution to the export value generated for the UK.

This research also supports the UK Skills Partnership’s aim to shine a positive light on the skills sector and in doing so, it also supports the UK Government’s ambition to improve education data as set out in the International Education Strategy 2019, and updated in 2021. 

I look forward to sharing the results in 2022..

Responses are encouraged from UK registered:

  • Further Education Colleges
  • Independent Training Providers
  • Sector Skills Councils
  • National Skills Academies
  • Chartered bodies and institutes
  • Awarding organisations
  • Skills technology or classroom suppliers
  • Skills consultants, employed or self employed
  • plus any other public sector or private organisation delivering skills products and services of any kind in an international setting.

The research is interested in both regulated and non-regulated qualifications and training, short or long courses, covering all industrial sectors and at any level. Whether your organisation has just one consultant or a large global team, your input would be appreciated.


It will take just of 10 minutes to complete.

We would also be grateful if you could pass this survey link on to any colleagues in other organisations operating in the skills sector – the more organisations who complete it, the more robust the final data will be.

REMEMBER: Even if you don’t export yourself, please do still fill in the survey; it will be very short but your contribution will help to make our final calculations representative of the sector as a whole (we need to assess what proportion of organisations export in order to do this).

The survey will close on 9th January 2022.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the UK Skills Partnership.

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