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).
You may have come across a recent article in the Guardian on the parliamentary inquiry that will look into concerns and grievances that remain after Gurkhas were granted the right to settle in the UK in 2009.
With Government policy clearly stating that ESOL provision is expected to support learners’ progression to Functional Skills, it’s perhaps worth taking a few moments to reflect on what this entails.
The Government’s new cross departmental strategy to support young people leaving care was published yesterday.
As the OECD’s Adult Skills Survey itself says, it’s hardly surprising that foreign language immigrants have lower proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.
Like many of you I’m sure, I haven’t had the chance to give anything like the considered detail the 466 pages of the full report of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills deserves.
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’.
PIAAC – you may have heard the word and wondered what it was. It stands for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences. It’s an international survey attempting to assess and compare the basic...Read more »
Cautiously optimistic might be the best way to start, after a few good days at the Lib Dems annual conference in Glasgow. Armed with a strong package of pre-conference season asks we have achieved good policy...Read more »
Young adult carer, Emily Hicks, aged 23, first came into contact with NIACE in 2011 when she was nominated by a college teacher for the Adult Learners’ Week awards. Despite not winning an award, NIACE was...Read more »
Written by Ryan Mercer, NIACE’s Policy Development Intern who graduated from the University of Leicester in 2012, with a BA (Hons) Ancient History and History. On 11 July 2012, I graduated from the University of Leicester...Read more »
Continuing a series of guest blogs for National Carers Week, young adult carer, Matt, tells us what he thinks employers and schools can do to better support people with caring responsibilities.
In the first of a series of guest blogs for National Carers Week, Louise shares the challenges she has faced growing up as a carer and what she thinks could make a real difference to others in the same situation.
The latest guest blog exploring the decline in part-time HE student recruitment - Mary Stuart asks why the introduction of loans for part-time students has failed to deliver the expected boost in part-time HE and reflects on the cost to the economy and to society more widely.
Today, NIACE has published a new free guide – The Work Programme: What is the role of skills available at – to help many more Work Programme Prime and sub-Prime providers make skills provision available to their programme participants through working in partnership with learning providers.