Dr Fiona Aldridge Assistant Director for Research and Development
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Dr Fiona Aldridge

Assistant Director for Research and Development

Dr Fiona Aldridge is an Assistant Director at Learning and Work Institute, providing leadership across the breadth of its research and development programmes, with a particular focus on learning for work and careers. Fiona joined NIACE in 1997 and progressed through a range of research roles to become Head of Research in 2003. In 2012, she was appointed Head of Learning for Work, where she successfully established a programme of research, development and policy activity designed to improve the range and quality of learning that equips adults to gain, sustain and progress in employment. Fiona took on her current role of Assistant Director in 2014.Fiona is Learning and Work Institute's relationship manager for the Skills Funding Agency, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the British Army, with responsibility for proactively developing a programme of development and research with each of these strategic partners. Fiona also leads Learning and Work Institute's Adult Participation in Learning Survey. The annual survey series provides a unique overview of patterns and trends in learning among adults in the UK, consistently demonstrating that opportunities to engage with and benefit from learning are not evenly distributed across society.Fiona is a mum of three children and Vice Chair of Governors at a local primary school, where she is a Pupil Premium Champion and promotes the development of family learning opportunities. 



Getting a fair deal for apprentices
29 November 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Getting a fair deal for apprentices

As part of last week’s Budget, the Chancellor accepted the recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission and announced an increase in the national minimum wage for apprentices from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour from April...Read more »

Ethnicity & skills: figuring out the challenges, unlocking solutions
10 October 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Ethnicity & skills: figuring out the challenges, unlocking solutions

Launching the new Ethnicity Facts and Figures website today, Theresa May has challenged us all to ‘explain or change’ how people from different backgrounds are treated. Though the Prime Minister acknowledges that “People who have lived...Read more »

Matching flexibility in work in the skills system
14 July 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Matching flexibility in work in the skills system

The UK has one of the most flexible labour markets in the world. Self employment is rising, as is part time working, and developments in technology have facilitated new business models and innovative forms of working...Read more »

Making apprenticeships work for women
15 March 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Making apprenticeships work for women

Last week, to mark National Apprenticeship Week, Learning and Work Institute released research showing women, people from lower income families, and ethnic minorities face a participation penalty in apprenticeships. Our research highlighted that people from BAME...Read more »

12 March 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Budget 2017: Returnships

As well as announcing significant investment in technical education for young people, the Chancellor also used yesterday’s spring budget to introduce a number of smaller, but important, measures in recognition that “individuals should have the opportunity...Read more »

23 November 2016 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Maximising the life chances of young people

We all want to give our children and young people the best start in life – though in practice, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to do this. At this year’s Skills Show, I was...Read more »

11 September 2015 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Are randomised control trials into learning the answer?

Dr Fiona Aldridge discusses Tim Harford’s keynote speech and the benefits of randomised control trials (RCTs) in our series of blogs as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference being held in London 10th-11th September 2015 #EUlearning 

5 May 2015 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

A new route to work for young people

In the next in our series of blogs on the ten policies we want the next Government to implement, Dr Fiona Aldridge discusses a new learning & earning route for young people.

6 March 2014 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Better IAG on Apprenticeships is vital for young people choosing future careers

Last night I was privileged to attend a reception hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, to promote the benefits and value of careers to girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEM).

When is a course leisure or vocational?
3 October 2013 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

When is a course leisure or vocational?

This morning FE Week published a story about their concerns over loans being accessed for ‘leisure’ courses and in particular for Horticulture courses at Bicton College in Devon. Their argument is that loans should ‘be prioritised for adults wanting to go to university, into work or to do an apprenticeship’.

28 November 2012 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

A time for change

It’s been a really busy week at NIACE and yesterday alone we responded to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, the publication of the Work Programme Statistics and the Chief Inspector’s annual report for Ofsted. And on Friday we publish The Adult Apprentice, setting out NIACE’s position on apprenticeships and featuring the stories of 10 inspiring adult apprentices nominated for last year’s Adult Learners’ Week awards.