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Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills
18 October 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills

Normally, I’d rather watch an outstanding learner testimony to the impact of learning to read and write than delve into the 19+ English and maths participation statistics, but the most recent figures are compelling. Only not...Read more »

Are participation and achievement the same thing?
18 October 2017 by Mark Ravenhall

Are participation and achievement the same thing?

Last week’s further education statistics provided some thoughtful reading.  As a researcher who reads a lot of adult educational statistical reports from across Europe, I’m always impressed by the amount of statistical analysis we go into...Read more »

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning
12 October 2017 by Stephen Evans

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning

The word disastrous is overused. But it feels apt when looking at the latest data on participation in learning by adults. Let’s start at the beginning. There are reports going back at least 200 years that...Read more »

12 September 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning

In England and Wales there are over 300,000 young adult carers, who provide over £5 billion of unpaid care each year. Despite the vital contribution they make to their families and society, young adult carers are...Read more »

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap
7 September 2017 by Shane Chowen

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap

With an employment rate gap of 30 percentage points, much higher than in other countries, it’s time for Government and employers to come together to make the labour market work for people with disabilities and health...Read more »

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships
26 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships

Top tips and case studies to help public sector organisations plan and develop their apprenticeship programmes have been launched by Learning and Work Institute. Supported by the Department for Education, the resources provide valuable information for...Read more »

In-work progression: understanding what works
16 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
14 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 »

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone
11 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

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

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...Read more »

Increasing work placements in technical education
6 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Increasing work placements in technical education

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed the £50 million investment announced today by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to fund high quality work placements for students on technical education programmes from April 2018. Alongside today’s announcement,...Read more »

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay
28 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay

Learning and Work Institute is today calling for robust measures to strengthen people’s ability to move up the career ladder, in response the Social Mobility Commission’s damning verdict on social mobility policies over the last two...Read more »

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors
16 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to congratulate two of its Learning Ambassadors who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Amanda Scales, from Brighton, and Frank Harris, from London, have each been awarded the...Read more »

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning
15 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
12 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 »

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone
7 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone

Learning and Work Institute is today marking the 25th anniversary of Festival of Learning, England’s biggest celebration of adult education and lifelong learning. Founded in 1992, Adult Learners’ Week, and now Festival of Learning, promotes the...Read more »

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work
24 May 2017 by Shane Chowen

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work

A new website to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work has been launched by Learning and Work Institute today. Supported by the Department for Education, Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help...Read more »

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18 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
16 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
12 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
26 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 »

18 April 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

General Election announcement

Responding to today’s announcement of a general election on 8 June, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce
4 April 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce

New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages from today.

Apprenticeships: focus needed on quality and access
31 March 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

Apprenticeships: focus needed on quality and access

A recent report looking at the UK Government’s apprenticeship policies in England has highlighted some concerns.

Festival of Learning 20 March 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

Hotcourses announced as new Festival of Learning partner

New Festival of Learning partner Hotcourses, the UK’s number one online search site for adult learning has been announced as a new Festival Partner for Festival of Learning, England’s largest celebration of adult and lifelong learning,...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 »

8 March 2017 by

Technical education focus welcomed but glaring lack of strategy for adult education

Following today's budget, Chief Executive, Stephen Evans responds on behalf of Learning and Work Institute

8 March 2017 by

Persistence could help reduce gender inequalities in engineering apprenticeships

Only 25 per cent of women who unsuccessfully apply for an engineering apprenticeship apply again, new analysis by Learning and Work Institute reveals.

Access to high-quality English language provision is essential
7 March 2017 by

Access to high-quality English language provision is essential

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to conduct a mapping exercise of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Greater London. This work will benefit ESOL policy...Read more »

5 March 2017 by

Apprenticeships on the rise – but not for everyone

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Learning and Work Institute has released research showing women, people from lower income families, and ethnic minorities face a participation penalty in apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are a proven way for people to...Read more »

L&W respond to pre-budget skills funding announcement
5 March 2017 by

L&W respond to pre-budget skills funding announcement

In response to today’s announcements on investment in skills and technical education from Her Majesty’s Treasury, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute said: “We are pleased the Chancellor has recognised the need for...Read more »