UK Skills Sector Value

The current value to the UK economy of skills exports is £6.3 billion. The UK skills sector has significant potential and diversity in the international landscape to grow its exports and reach further into more markets.

The UK Skills Partnership and British Council collaborated to survey the UK skills sector and the full reports are now available.

The aim of the report was to better understand value and volume of international activities for the UK skills sector calls. They survey included TVET providers, of all types and sizes, operating globally.

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.

The UKSP encouraged 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).

Jonathan Ledger

Jonathan Ledger, Skills and Professional Bodies Specialist for the Department for Business and Trade, said:

The UK skills sector operates overseas in a range of markets and has done so for a long number of years. The true value, volume, scale and scope of the sector has not been as clear as it should be – and this report begins to change that narrative.

From a policy and operational perspective, being able to articulate the value of the skills sector operating overseas is of benefit to the entire sector. We will be utilising this data through the Education Sector Advisory Group to help growth skills exports.

Lesley Davies OBE

UK Skills Partnership Chair, Lesley Davies OBE commented

This is a brilliant first report on the scale and scope of international activities demonstrates  that skills exports are signification and quantifiable. It is great that we have been able to support skills organisations and suppliers in demonstrating 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.

Responses included in this report were 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 was interested in both regulated and non-regulated qualifications and training, short or long courses, covering all industrial sectors and at any level.


The Summary Report and underpinning Technical Report are available for download:

Download the Summary Report 2022 – in PDF format

Download the Technical Report 2022 – in PDF format

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

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