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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's plan to stimulate youth employment 

Covid-19 has turned the world upside over a matter of months. ISE research has shown that employers are cutting back on recruitment and that young people are likely to be the worst hit in the coming recession. In this plan for the reconstruction of the student labour market we set out the ways in which government can work with employers to manage this crisis.


ISE’s position

There is an important role for government in supporting and shaping the early careers labour market so that it works in the best interest of everyone. We would like to see government policy around skills and careers becoming more coherent and joined up.
The ISE has produced a manifest for 2019/2020 setting out the key policies that we believe that government should be pursuing.

This builds on the manifesto that we issued during the 2017 election and continues our tradition of representing our members interests to politicians and policymakers.


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.


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.