Hilary Steedman has been engaged in research on apprenticeship, vocational training and labour market transitions since the early 1980s, first at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and subsequently as a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE). She has a first degree and doctorate from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Education from the University of Manchester. She has directed a number of major research programmes using international comparisons to analyse UK policy and practice and consulted for the EC, CEDEFOP and the OECD. In 2006-7 she acted as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for their Report ‘Apprenticeship: a Key Route to Skill’. In 2010 she was commissioned by the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network to write their Report ‘The State of Apprenticeship in 2010’.
's current areas of research are:
- International comparisons of apprenticeship Young people with low/no school qualifications