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Making the most of the public sector target
25th July 2017 by Elizabeth Davies

Making the most of the public sector target

Delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020 is a key priority for the Government and the Public Sector Target was established to ensure that the public sector is a model employer in this regard, leading by example...Read more »

In-work progression: understanding what works
16th July 2017 by Kathryn Ray

In-work progression: understanding what works

The publication of the landmark Taylor review last week heralds a welcome focus on the quality of work as well as the number of people participating in the labour market.  This shift in focus is vital to...Read more »

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work
14th July 2017 by Tony Wilson

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work

This week’s labour market statistics offered some rare good news for the government – with employment reaching new record levels and the unemployment rate touching a forty-year low.  The new Secretary of State, David Gauke, has...Read more »

Matching flexibility in work in the skills system
14th 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 »

Finding a way forward for part-time and flexible apprenticeships
12th July 2017 by Liz Davies

Finding a way forward for part-time and flexible apprenticeships

L&W welcomes the release of the Taylor Review of modern working practices, and while there is much of note in the report, we are pleased it specifically discusses recent changes that allow apprenticeships to be completed...Read more »

Cause for optimism following The Taylor Review
11th July 2017 by Dave Hagendyk

Cause for optimism following The Taylor Review

Whatever your political persuasion, The Taylor Review was probably always destined to disappoint some people in some way.  The response from the trade union movement in particular underlines the challenge it has had to bridge the gap...Read more »

IntoWork17 blog: Social justice for all must start with the most excluded
11th 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 »

11th 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 »

11th 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 »

11th 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 »

10th July 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Supporting Syrian Refugee Resettlement with ESOL

If you were impelled by war, civil unrest or persecution to flee your home and seek refuge abroad, what kinds of support would you need to help you resettle and re-build your life in a new...Read more »

7th July 2017 by Liz Davies

IntoWork17 Blog: Making sense of the data and practice for inclusive apprenticeships

After a great IntoWork 2017, I arrived back at my desk to slightly more emails than expected, with 31 reports published by the DfE on Thursday (including L&W’s Work Placements: Call for Evidence report) and the...Read more »

7th 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 »

7th 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?

6th 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 »

6th 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 »

5th 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 »

5th 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 »

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning
15th June 2017 by Paul Stanistreet

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning

Paul Stanistreet, Learning &Work Associate, blogs at https://thelearningage.wordpress.com/, where an earlier version of this post appeared. As the repercussions of last week’s general election emerge and an embattled Prime Minister reviews her manifesto promises in the...Read more »

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017
12th June 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017

Today is the beginning of Carers Week 2017, which this year is focussed on building carer-friendly communities. Learning and Work Institute has long worked to support learning providers and employers to be more young adult carer-friendly....Read more »

19th May 2017 by Natalie Wilson

Five Reasons to get involved with Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ Month

Every year Festival of Learning encourages organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to discover the benefits of learning and to inspire them to take their first steps into education since school. Here’s our...Read more »

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto

To govern is to choose. There’s lots to welcome in the Conservative manifesto, including backing for our campaign for a successor to European structural funds. But we need more investment and reform for ordinary working families...Read more »

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto
16th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the...Read more »

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs
12th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute This general election comes at a profound time for our country. Investing in learning and opportunity is essential for our prosperity and fairness in society. We’ve set out...Read more »

Lords debate literacy in the workforce
26th April 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lords debate literacy in the workforce

Labour peer Baroness Rebuck asked the Government what they were doing to improve standards of literacy in the workforce in a short debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday 25 April 2017. In his opening...Read more »

Article 50: Taking back control?
29th March 2017 by Stephen Evans

Article 50: Taking back control?

Today, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 – starting the two year countdown to the UK leaving the EU. Here’s three big questions we need to answer in that time:

Making apprenticeships work for women
15th 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 »

12th 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 »

9th 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 »

8th 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 »