Skills are an essential component of economic development. They are integral to the development of a well-balanced, productive and growing economy.  This makes the successful delivery of a world class, productive workforce an even greater priority as the UK emerges from recession and faces increased global competition from other regions.  The UK needs to keep ahead of these competitors to ensure that it can play a leading role in the global economy of the future. 

Skills are not just important for the economy, of course. Skills have the potential to change people's lives, define new future directions and outcomes and drive increases in social mobility.  Not only is it therefore essential to understand the skills and competency requirements of the sectors and businesses that make up the UK economy, it is also necessary to understand how the supply of skills and training marries up to these demands.  This is an ongoing process, because the skills needs of employers are ever changing as new products and services are designed and delivered.  A high quality and responsive education and training system, both within the public and private sector.

Skills research is a core strength of TBR.  Our extensive experience and expertise in wider economic research has been exploited to create high quality, accomplished skills research solutions that support our client’s requirements for valuable evidence and knowledge. 

TBR’s skills research utilises the talents of the consultancy team to distil actionable messages for clients. We provide advanced interpretation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to generate insight into challenging and complex skills issues. TBR’s work therefore brings clarity to skills projects, creating enhanced understanding and knowledge, from which strategic decisions can be made.

 We help policy makers, economic development and skills professionals to tackle employment and skills challenges and to design effective strategies for addressing those needs.  Furthermore, we help our clients develop assessment and evaluation frameworks by which they can measure the impact and performance of such interventions.   We deliver sector and spatial assessments of skills demand and supply, skills development priorities, training and skills gaps, employment opportunities and local/sectoral employment and skills strategies and action plans.

TBR delivers a number of investigatory and analytical solutions to skills issues, including:


Our clients include central government departments and national skills bodies, sector skills councils and the UKCES, national improvement and development agencies, local authorities, regional agencies, further and higher education institutions, trade unions, employer bodies, third sector organisations, charities and private sector companies. 

Find out about our skills projects here:

Project Update Jan 2017



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Contact Fiona Tuck to find out more about our skills research and consultancy services.