Education and Skills
We specialise in providing political and regulatory advice to businesses and charities across all aspects of education and skills policy; 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.
Head of Education
Emma PetelaContact Emma
Head of Skills
Jack WithringtonContact Jack
Education and Skills Services
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.
At a time of significant political and regulatory change, increased competition, new funding opportunities and an ever challenging environment for student recruitment, GK work with institutions to ensure that they have the correct relationships in place to deliver value for them.
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.
Supporting student recruitment
Using our extensive digital intelligence, GK work with organisations to identify student recruitment trends and build recruitment and communications plans underpinned by this data.
The Levy and its ongoing policy development present both a great opportunity but also a threat to businesses involved with apprenticeships. 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.
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.
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.
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.