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10 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 »

7 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 »

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 »

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 »

19 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
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 »

Article 50: Taking back control?
29 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
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 »

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 »

8 March 2017 by Shane Chowen

Budget 2017: FE Maintenance Loans

The Spring Budget announced new investment for maintenance loans for students on technical education courses at levels 4-6. The idea behind this is to support those students with living costs and provide some parity with the student...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 »

7 March 2017 by Lesley Reece

It all starts with that first step

It’s hard to believe but when I look at myself today I can hardly recognise the woman I have become. Only two years ago I suffered from agoraphobia and had not left my home alone in...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 »

Traineeship programme 7 February 2017 by Alex Stevenson

L&W seek RARPA case studies

Learning and Work Institute would like to speak to providers in England who use Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA), following changes to the Adult Education Budget (AEB). Recent flexibilities allowed in the AEB mean...Read more »

1 February 2017 by Suki Coe

Family Learning puts parents and children on an equal footing

Computing skills can often feel like the biggest gulf between parents and children, with the younger generation often being the ones teaching their elders, and parents feeling distant from a huge part of their children’s lives. This...Read more »

30 January 2017 by Connor Stevens

Working to help recovering drug users

Our evidence review of Drug Treatment Outcomes and Employment was published as part of Public Health England’s wider evidence review for their forthcoming Drugs Strategy. Drawing on a large body of research, the review explored the relationship...Read more »

27 January 2017 by Shane Chowen

What the IfA will lose without an apprentice on the board

According to the Department for Education, the function of the Institute for Apprenticeships is to: improve the quality of apprenticeships regulate the quality of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans provide advice to government on the pricing...Read more »

“Great to hear what people are doing to help young adult carers like me”
26 January 2017 by Emma

“Great to hear what people are doing to help young adult carers like me”

Emma, a young adult carer from York, attended a meeting of our National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers on 11th January 2017. In this blog, she talks about her experience and what she gained from...Read more »

25 January 2017 by Nicola Aylward

Young Adult Carers – responsibilities, but what about rights?

For most young people the acquisition of rights and responsibilities goes hand in hand. As they get older, their responsibilities gradually increase, but so do their rights. This process is an important part of growing up...Read more »