Education, Training and Culture

CSES has carried out work in the fields of education, training and lifelong learning for the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Education and Culture (EACEA) and for UK clients, including Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs). CSES has worked in the field of lifelong learning and key competences acquisition and is fully familiar with the Education and Training 2020 objectives. In addition, we have a good knowledge of  SME training and upskilling issues, for instance through our Structural Funds evaluation work and the development of training materials for SMEs. 

Examples of work that CSES has undertaken at EU level in the education and training spheres includes:

  • Interim Evaluation of Erasmus Mundus Programme (DG EAC) 
  • Interim Evaluation of Comenius I Schools Partnerships (DG EAC) 
  • Key Competences for Lifelong Learning (DG EAC)
  • Feasibility Study for Transmanche Business School (Kent County Council/ Medway) 

 Examples of work in the area of SME training are:

  • The Development of New IPR Enforcement Services for SMEs - IPEurope Aware (Danish Patent and Trade Mark Office). Training needs assessment and developing training material for use in training courses and online.
  • Making IPR Work for SMEs (DG ENTR, 2008).  The study led to the development of training materials on how to strengthen the effectiveness of IPR enforcement for SMEs. 
  • Thematic Evaluation of Structural Fund Impacts on SMEs   (DG REGIO). Assessment of different types of SME Training Measures, such as training and skills development for SME employees, developing management skills in existing small firms; training needs assessments; and language training to promote “SME internationalisation"
  • Evaluation of LSC Norfolk Co-Financing Plan

For further information related to CSES' work in the area of education and training, please contact  Mark Whittle.


CSES has also undertaken work in the field of cultureThis has included studies to assess the impact of the cultural sector on regional development and work on digitisation and the role of ICTs in strengthening access to cultural goods. For further information please contact   Mike Coyne.  Our experience in the cultural policy field includes:

  • Study on the Contribution of Culture to Local and Regional Economic Development as part of European Regional Policy (DG EAC)
  • A new joiner at senior level within CSES who has conducted multiple evaluations of European Cities of Culture (DG EAC and other clients)