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Value of vocational qualifications in the construction and built environment sector

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This research aims to provide information to employers, employees and potential new recruits (through the careers service) about the benefits of working in the construction sector and the value of achieving qualifications and providing training.

To provide this information, this study has:

Undertaken statistical analysis to estimate the impact of qualifications on labour market outcomes in the construction sector (earnings and the probability of employment);

Carried out qualitative research with employers in the CBE sector, including a telephone survey of 500 employers and in-depth qualitative interviews with a further 40 employers.

This collected the information about how employers viewed and used qualifications, and the impact qualifications have on their employees and their business; and Conducted an online survey with 202 CBE sector employees and in-depth qualitative interviews with 20 employees, to collect their experiences of completing qualifications and the effect they have had on their careers.

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