Supply of higher level skills

We want all students to gain the skills they need to succeed in future employment or further study.

We also want to make sure that the pipeline of graduate talent meets the needs of employers today and tomorrow.

Our work 

We support universities and colleges to provide opportunities that develop the types of skills that will enable graduates to gain meaningful employment throughout their working lives.

Our initiatives encourage providers to focus on skills development in line with government priorities and broader industrial needs.

Our work in this area includes:

This work encourages providers to prioritise employer engagement in curriculum development and the provision of work experience opportunities for all students.

Where employers want to develop new kinds of skills training, such as degree apprenticeships, we have worked with providers to make that possible.

How we use evidence to inform policy

We are funding projects that contribute to improving the evidence base around graduate outcomes and in local and national labour markets, where sector-wide improvements can fuel economic prosperity and social mobility.

We identify innovative and effective practice examples to share with the sector in order to make system-wide improvements.

Contact us

If you have queries about skills and employment, please email 

Top tips for graduates

Entering the job market in 2020

Civic university agreements

This note explores links between OfS access and participation regulation and funding initiatives, and civic university agreementsThe note is not OfS regulatory guidance.

Published 24 January 2020
Last updated 21 July 2021
21 July 2021
Link added to information on higher education short courses
03 November 2020
Added contact email
28 August 2020
Link added to Top tips for graduates: Entering the job market in 2020

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