Education and Skills

We specialise in providing advice to organisations across the education and skills sector; from early years and further education, to apprenticeships and higher education.


Dominated by government funding, highly regulated and subject to fast-paced reform, the education sector presents a complex and diverse market for all participants.

We advise some of the biggest national training providers, apprenticeship employers as well as leading Russell Group higher education institutions to navigate through the increasingly changing and complex policy landscape and ensure they fit in with their development objectives.

Education and Skills Services

  • Regulatory Support

    Education policy is constantly evolving and can have significant impacts on institutions and organisations operating in the sector. GK ensure that our clients are keep abreast of all political, policy and sector developments which impact on their institution; ensuring they are able to mitigate risk and benefit from opportunities.

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    GK has worked with clients across the entire apprenticeship pipeline – providers, employer-providers and employers – providing government affairs and media support to help them maximise the commercial opportunities from the levy, including marketing support to public sector customers, as well as identifying and mitigating risks arising from policy, funding agencies or regulators.

  • REF Impact Support

    With increasing competition for an ever threatened research pot, institutions are increasingly looking to demonstrate the value of the research they produce. GK work with universities to implement a strategic engagement programme which demonstrates the value of your research, thereby providing strong impact case studies for the next REF.

  • Student recruitment

    We have worked with international student recruitment businesses as well as HEIs and private educational institutions to help recruit students from the UK and globally. Using our in-house digital team, GK can also identify student recruitment trends and help marketing teams better target prospective students.

  • Sales support

    In an ever competitive environment, GK has an expert team who specialise in offering business to government sales support. Our consultants work with you to ensure that you have the information, contacts and brand awareness required to ensure you are well placed to win or renew your business contracts.

  • Devolution – skills funding

    Arguably the most transformative policy facing the skills sector in this decade, the transition of funding decisions on skills training, apart from apprenticeships, from central to local government places greater emphasis on the value of building relationships at local levels. GK has helped clients engage with local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and other local commissioners to build their reputation among the budget decision makers and ensure they are best placed to compete for tenders.


Education and Skills News, Reports and Case Studies

Recent News

Case Studies

  • Cass Business School, City University

    The CASS Business School 

    GK worked with the Cass Business School in 2015 for a year focusing on a stakeholder engagement programme. 

    Full case study


  • The University of Sheffield

    The University of Sheffield

    GK worked with the Russell Group university on their positioning to both internal and external stakeholders. 

    Full case study

  • The University of Leeds

    The University of Leeds

    GK undertook an external engagement project to raise the profile of the universities research in order to secure more funding. 

    Full case study

  • The BIMM Group

    The BIMM Group

    GK has worked with The British & Irish Modern Music Institute since 2012, providing services such as engagement programmes, lobbying and profile raising activities. 

    Full case study


    University of Central Lancashire 

    GK provided public affairs services for the University of Central Lancashire to secure domestic medical student places for their School of Medicine.  

    Full case study

  • National Schools Training

    National Schools Training 

    GK provided corporate communications services for National Schools Training to raise awareness of them among school and academy decision makers across the country.

    Full case study

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