Guest Blogger blog posts



Can greater access to learning opportunities for young adult carers help combat social inequality?
15 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

Can greater access to learning opportunities for young adult carers help combat social inequality?

The Positive Transitions—Supporting Young Adult Carers in Learning and Work conference provided ample opportunity for rich conversation amongst it’s attendees. While the highlight of the event was the notable presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Learning...Read more »

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance
15 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance

Hello, my name is Lucy Prentice, I am 20 years old and a full-time carer for my mother.  I have been a carer since the age of 11 when my mother suffered a raptured brain aneurysm. ...Read more »

For me, and any carer, flexibility and support is a very important part of working and learning
9 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

For me, and any carer, flexibility and support is a very important part of working and learning

Apprenticeships are a key government policy to support transition to the labour market, social mobility, economic growth and improved productivity. While evidence shows that the benefits to apprentices, to businesses and to our wider economy and...Read more »

Guest blog: Apprenticeships at Together Housing
7 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

Guest blog: Apprenticeships at Together Housing

When I got into housing, 40 years ago, it was a different environment to the one we have today.  There were only a few Housing Associations, a reducing private rented sector and the main alternative to...Read more »

Little people matter too
1 December 2017 by Guest Blogger

Little people matter too

As far as I know Victor Hugo never wrote an apprentice into the story of Les Miserables but whilst I was reading Apprentice Pay – sticking to the rules I couldn’t help humming a few lines...Read more »

Fixing Universal Credit – where to start?
10 November 2017 by Guest Blogger

Fixing Universal Credit – where to start?

A couple of weeks ago, on this blog, Tony Wilson argued that it was “time to pause UC…slow down and be prepared to change course”. He raised the issues of slow processing times for Universal Credit...Read more »

Inspired to achieve – Care Leavers Week special blog
27 October 2017 by Guest Blogger

Inspired to achieve – Care Leavers Week special blog

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 »

Education moves you forward – Care Leavers Week special blog
25 October 2017 by Guest Blogger

Education moves you forward – Care Leavers Week special blog

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 »

IntoWork17 blog: Social justice for all must start with the most excluded
11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Social justice for all must start with the most excluded

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 »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Think local: A new approach to over 50s employment support

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 »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.

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 »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Using data to investigate the causes and consequences of poverty for Londoners

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 »

7 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 Blog: What does social justice for all look like?

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 »

7 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 Blog: Collaboration: Working Together Work

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?

6 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Connecting education, employment and skills

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 »

6 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: A critical point for devolution of employment support in Scotland

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 »

5 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Shifting direction to reduce the disability employment – and pay gaps

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 »

5 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Stepping stones, not ladders

By Jane Mansour “Take back control” has been a rallying call of the last two years, as focus has turned to areas that have been ‘left behind’ by globalization. The impact of changes in the labour...Read more »

9 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Five Ways to Make Your Festival of Learning Nomination a Winner

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 »

8 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Budget 2017: Tax Reform

The Budget announced that National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from the self-employed will rise from 9% to 10% from 2018 and 11% from 2019. This reduces the gap between NICs paid by employees (12%) and the self-employed....Read more »

7 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Being bold doesn’t take as much effort as you think

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 »

2 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

All people are equal but learning empowers the individual

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 »

29 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Good Morning, Europe!

When I think about why it’s important to learn from our colleagues in Europe, one thing springs to mind.  Mornings.  It doesn’t matter how much passion I have for work, learning or life I‘ve never been...Read more »

5 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Improving Transitions

The launch of the OECD report: Building Skills for All has highlighted improving transitions into the workplace as a key priority area to support young people to be successful in the labour market. In the UK,...Read more »

28 January 2016 by Guest Blogger

Tell us about inclusive apprenticeships

The government has made a commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020. As numbers increase, it is vital access is widened so that no one who is able to undertake an apprenticeship is prevented from doing...Read more »

2 December 2015 by Guest Blogger

Youth Employment Convention

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.

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?
26 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?

Toni Pearce makes the case for further devolution to help the government reach the 3 million apprenticeship target. 

The future of Community Learning
13 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

The future of Community Learning

Ahead of the Spending Review, NIACE's CEO, David Hughes, and Head of Family & Intergenerational Learning, Susannah Chambers, discuss the future of Community Learning.

We know what employers want, let’s get on and deliver it
10 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

We know what employers want, let’s get on and deliver it

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.

If our youth don’t thrive neither will the UK’s economy
4 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

If our youth don’t thrive neither will the UK’s economy

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.

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