Guest Blogger blog posts
My name is Sam. I was a care leaver in 2011 who arrived on the shores of Swansea – then the beloved Swansea Metropolitan, to study Education (and transition to become a Primary School Teacher). The...Read more »
My name is Habib Rezaie. I came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2006 at the age of 16, as an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child. At age 12 I lost both of my parents and went through...Read more »
By Sam Thomas, Policy manager at Making Every Adult Matter www.meam.org.uk For many people experiencing multiple needs, moving towards work is an important ambition. Achieving social justice requires a focus on those with the furthest to...Read more »
An estimated one million people aged over 50 in the UK are involuntarily out of work. Currently, employment support is not serving these people well – they are more likely to be workless, and more likely...Read more »
To everyone’s relief and possibly to some’s disappointment, no Charleston dance moves or party hats were involved in this session. The limelight was on Steps Ahead Mentoring, a volunteering programme run by the CIPD, that aims...Read more »
Policy in Practice is tracking the changing living standards on more than 444,000 low income households across London. At IntoWork 2017 Deven Ghelani told delegates how, by combining housing benefit and council tax support data from...Read more »
By Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust We often hear the term “social justice” bandied about by politicians, but what does it actually mean, and what does it look like? Too often it means a...Read more »
By Sally Ross, Community Engagement Officer – Magenta Living “We really need to work together on this…” How often do you have a conversation about collaborating but never get beyond that statement of good intentions?
Tees Valley Combined Authority has been presenting at the Into Work Convention with a highly positive and and constructive session that looked at the gap between education and skills and how we can go about addressing...Read more »
By Michael McElhinney, Head of Employability programme – Scottish Government. In Scotland we are using devolved powers to deliver employment support that meets the policy aims of Scottish Ministers, deliver more co-ordinated and aligned employment support...Read more »
By Liz Sayce, from former CEO of Disability Rights UK It’s vital to reduce not only the disability employment gap – important as that is – but also the disability PAY gap. Disabled people in work are paid...Read more »
Are you thinking of submitting a Festival of Learning nomination for the first time this year? Or have you nominated in the past, but your nominees are never shortlisted? We’ve put together a guide of what...Read more »
I have to admit – feminism scares me. So, when I was asked to write this blog I went to open my underwear drawer to light a match to my best bra and then paused. Reconsidering,...Read more »
My childhood was spent in the rural areas of Tiaz, Yemen. I migrated to England in 2005 at the age of 15 years old to live with my grandparents for a safer life and brighter future....Read more »
A big thank you on behalf of Inclusion and NIACE to all the delegates, supporters, sponsors and speakers that attended our Youth Employment Convention last week. It was truly a day to share and engage with young people in finding more ways to inspire them into sustainable employment.
Toni Pearce makes the case for further devolution to help the government reach the 3 million apprenticeship target.
There was disagreement at a joint BIS and DoE seminar this week with Cambridge Assessment’s Tim Coates saying that the CBI’s call for young people to be ‘work ready’ when they left school was ‘absurd’. The CBI stance was defended by Pearson’s Rod Bristow who said that the CBI wants ‘hard’ skills such as numeracy and literacy but also softer skills like leadership, communications and character traits like humility and integrity.
A report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission this week talks of the “worst ever decline in living standards for young people under 34”. Young people were particularly hard hit by the recession and things are recovering for them more slowly. A “perfect storm” of policies are impacting adversely on young people, including: a trebling of tuition fees leading to massive personal debt; the abolition of grants for poorer students and Housing Benefit for young people; out of reach housing prices and scarce social housing; youth services that have been slashed; a continuingly high youth unemployment and NEET rate (still over a million) and many young people in low-skilled jobs on precarious contracts. However, youth unemployment has fallen by half a million since its peak and continues to fall but the most disadvantaged still do poorly in particular the lowest qualified, disabled young people and young carers. White boys born in to poverty fare particularly badly with just 28.3% achieving five A-C grades at GCSE in 2012-13.
Toni Pearce, our head of employment and skills, takes on the issue of apprenticeship quality in light of a new report from Ofsted.
Susannah Chambers discusses in her vlog the positive contributions and valuable skills Community Learning can bring to learners and society. Underpinning research evidence is presented to support the call for there to be national investment in...Read more »
Toni Pearce shares three proposals to help government meet its 3 million apprenticeship target.
On the final day of the Apprenticeship Levy consultation, Toni Pearce explores how the Levy will work in practice and stresses the need for quality and access.