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The ISE works to ensure that transitions into the labour market work as smoothly as possible. If the entry point to the labour market works well there are benefits for young people, employers and society. 

The government plays an important role in setting out the framework within which the labour market operates. Because of this, the ISE has a clear interest in understanding, communicating and influence public policy. We have particular interests in policies focusing on:

  • Education and skills
  • Employment and the labour market
  • Brexit and international mobility
  • Local economic development and regionalisation


ISE Apprenticeship Paper

The ISE have released a report ‘Stability, transparency, flexibility and employer ownership’ which highlights the challenges ISE members face related to the apprenticeship system and levy. 

We are extremely concerned about the range of voices that are calling for radical changes to the system or for its destruction and replacement by something new. Despite the number of issues with the current system, we  see ourselves as critical friends. 

We make 10 recommendations to government that will make the apprenticeship system more effective.

Read the full report here.

Download our communication toolkit.


The ISE’s position

During the last election the ISE produced a manifesto which set out a series of issues that the next government should focus on. We continue to monitor governments activities against these issues.


ISE research

The ISE’s research provides an account of the issues faced in student recruitment and development. We often use this research as part of our lobbying and influencing work. Particular research that has a strong relevance to public policy includes.


Other resources

We also seek to identify other resources that may be useful to our members in relation to public policy.