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19 January 2017 by Alex Stevenson

How the UK can make English language learning work

Learning benefits individuals, families, the wider community and the economy. It’s linked with better employment outcomes, improved physical and mental health, and increased social cohesion. Opportunities to learn are particularly important for people starting life in a...Read more »

8 December 2016 by Joyce Black

European Vocational Skills Week

I’ve just come back from Brussels having attended the opening conference - Adult Skills Empowering People. The 2-day conference had a great buzzy feel, with representation from over 37 countries across Europe.

8 December 2016 by Cath Harcula

Family Learning is the Answer

At a recent meeting of the National Family Learning Forum a range of current issues and challenges were discussed.

7 December 2016 by Fran Parry

The sector pledges further support to the UK’s greatest asset

The Skills and Apprenticeship Minister, Robert Halfon, was warmly received and kicked off the proceedings by throwing away his prepared speech and getting immediately to the point.

28 November 2016 by Elizabeth Davies

Bringing young people and employers together with What Employers Want

The What Employers Want programme provides the resources for practitioners to train and support unemployed young people to carry out face to face interviews with local employers, in order to help develop their understanding of what an ‘employable young person’ looks like from the perspective of the employer.

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 »

3 November 2016 by Sarah Gore

The benefits of learning spread well beyond the cohort of trainees

Forging a career in the museums and heritage sector has always been a bit of a tricky prospect.

Government Green Paper is welcome – but after a decade of reforms we need to get this right
3 November 2016 by Tony Wilson

Government Green Paper is welcome – but after a decade of reforms we need to get this right

 “Preventing people from falling out of work because of ill health is always better than having to pick up the pieces afterwards. So we want to support people at every stage – from out of work...Read more »

New information on labour market signals – commentary on 2016 earnings survey (ASHE) results
31 October 2016 by Paul Bivand

New information on labour market signals – commentary on 2016 earnings survey (ASHE) results

Employers signal information to potential recruits in a number of ways. Firstly, whether they are recruiting at all, and the methods they use to advertise jobs. Secondly, the pay offered.

31 October 2016 by Sean Hardy

Give it a go – don’t be afraid and don’t give up

I have always wanted to learn new skills. I never wanted to be a couch potato and always wanted to go to work and enjoy my life. I knew that the only way to do that was to learn. 

25 October 2016 by Lesley Reece

It might be scary but it really is worth doing

My learning journey began in January 2015 when I joined a jewellery making class with my daughter.  Previously I had not left the house alone for four years and signing up took all the...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Darren Davis

What inspires me is the development of my learners and what they can set out to achieve

Achieving the award as the National Inspirational Tutor of the Year is such an honour and privilege. There are so many tutors up and down the country that do an incredible job educating others and enhancing...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Fiona Barrett

Whatever your background, education or life story, it is never too late to learn

Not everyone shines at school. There can be many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the difficulty of those with neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD. Access to the world of employment, and...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Shane Chowen

Digital ambition realised? Not quite yet…

Learning and Work Institute's Head of Public Affairs blogs about the legislation being moved today which will enable adults to access free basic digital skills training. 

19 October 2016 by Emily Jones

Evaluating RBLI’s LifeWorks

Yesterday, I had the privilege of introducing the findings of L&W’s evaluation of the LifeWorks programme at its launch in the Houses of Parliament.

5 October 2016 by Paul Sutter

An exciting and positive development for digital skills

The government have launched a new policy that seeks to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations, with “publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need...Read more »

2 August 2016 by Duncan Melville

The potential labour market impact of Brexit

The overwhelming consensus amongst economists, normally a fractious bunch, is that Brexit is expected to reduce GDP growth with adverse labour market consequences: lower wages and, or higher unemployment, in both the short and longer terms.

28 July 2016 by Emily Jones

Offenders “Get set for success”

Emily Jones blogs on Learning and Work Institute's new Get Set For Success curriculum 

27 July 2016 by Victoria Hogan

UK and Scottish governments working together to deliver welfare and work

Times are changing and, for the first time, the UK and Scottish Governments have joint responsibilities to the people of Scotland in terms of the delivery of benefits and helping those who face the toughest barriers to get back...Read more »

25 July 2016 by Mary Vine-Morris

Supporting individuals with careers, skills development and progression

Despite our new Prime Minister’s laudable sentiments it’s pretty hard to see how individuals will feel part of an economically prosperous and socially integrated society if they don’t have the opportunity to progress, to achieve and indeed exceed their expectations – for themselves and for their families.  That’s why AoC is behind Ambition London.

19 July 2016 by Tony Wilson

The Green Agenda

So after replacing the longest-serving Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb leaves office as its briefest incumbent.  It was only three months ago that we wrote about Crabb’s huge reform agenda and the...Read more »

19 July 2016 by Scott Parkin

Aliens Guide to Health and Work

I arrived at the Convention this year with a little trepidation. Contracts are coming to an end, funding is being reduced, more delivery is expected for less money, customer groups are more complex, their are less...Read more »

14 July 2016 by Kirsty McHugh

We need strong champions in an uncertain time

Well, hasn’t this been a weird period?  Probably one of the strangest that many of us will have experienced in our adult lives.  I know many of you will have been feeling rather discombobulated (yes, I...Read more »

13 July 2016 by Dr Jo Ingold, Paul Hughes, Chris Harrison

What works for employers: Bridging the gap between academia, policy and practice

Once again, the IntoWork Convention provided the platform for some thought-provoking debate and we’d like to thank the Learning & Work Institute for the opportunity to get involved.   Serco and Leeds University Business School teamed...Read more »

13 July 2016 by Raza Khan

The Brave New World of JobCentre Plus

Today I spoke at the IntoWork Convention about the Future of Jobcentre Plus, sharing some of the ideas Working Links has on how the service can continue to best serve its customers in its expanding role....Read more »

12 July 2016 by Nicola Aylward

Maximising the impact of Traineeships

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Debbie Sorkin

Blogs from the breakouts

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Graham Duxbury

The potential in local partnerships

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Bob Marsh

What works best for deaf customers?

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Pat Russell

This is the moment for a change in narrative

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.