Research Director, NFER
David Sims is a Research Director in the Centre for Evaluation and Consultancy at the National Foundation for Educational Research. He specialises in research into youth transitions and the 14-19 education and training sector. Recent work includes directing the evaluation of the Work Experience Placement Trials commissioned by the Department for Education, a review of technical education for the Association of Colleges and a project for the Edge Foundation which produced a guide and digital tool to support education-employer engagement: Access the tool | View the PDF. He is currently leading research on University Technical Colleges commissioned by Edge and the Royal Academy of Engineering. David has shared his expertise in vocational education and skills through various channels including a Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar on Education and Training for 17 and 18 year olds and by giving evidence to an Education Select Committee Inquiry on Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
The college-based and employer-based technical routes have been introduced in order to develop young people’s occupation-specific and transferable skills and meet the current productivity challenge this country faces. Integral to this change is greater employer engagement in education in terms of, for example, apprenticeships, work placements and profound input into curriculum development and delivery. NFER […]