David Sims, a Research Director at the National Foundation for Educational Research, specialises in research into education-to-employment transitions, 14-19 education and work-related learning. He is an executive member of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education, a UK network for widening participation.
Current projects include a study of whole-school real-world learning models and evaluations of University Technical Colleges (UTCs), the Opportunity Areas programme and Sutton Scholars, a programme supporting highly-able disadvantaged students’ access to university. Recent publications include a review of technical education and reports on work experience placement trials, providers’ views on apprenticeship reform, the London Ambitions careers strategy, and UTCs. Practitioner resources include Give Yourself the Edge: How to do great employer engagement and How to deliver an effective grant-funded project on technical and professional education.
David gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee Inquiry on Apprenticeships and Traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds in 2015.