Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone

11 July 2017

Responding to the publication of Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:

 “I support the call of Matthew Taylor and his team for all work to be fair and decent, with scope for development and fulfilment. The diversity and flexibility of employment is one of the UK’s great strengths. But flexibility should not be a one way street: people need effective security and a clear balance of rights. Politicians of all parties should work together on this challenge of our times.

 “Learning and Work Institute is pleased to see the Review recognise the important role that education and training can play in promoting ‘good work’. The Review is right to say that while work has become more flexible, the learning and skills system does not always match this flexibility. We will continue to argue for more flexibility in apprenticeships, including our latest research on part-time apprenticeships, and for a fit-for-purpose learning loans system for people in all types of work. We welcome the Review’s argument for a greater focus on these, and its backing for our call for a new system of Personal Learning Accounts

 “Linked intrinsically to skills is how people progress in work. From an early age, we are taught work is a ladder; with education and hard work, you progress to better paying jobs. For too many people, this is simply not the case: the careers ladder has too many missing rungs. We are working with partners across the country to test new ways to help people progress, building an understanding of ‘what works’ for different groups of people. The Taylor Review is right to highlight this as a new frontier of public policy.”