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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.

8 July 2016 by Dr Jane Colechin

Joining up local support in preparation for Universal Credit: the evaluation of Universal Support delivered local trials

Senior Researcher Dr Jane Colechin blogs about Learning and Work Institute's evaluation of the Universal Support Delivered Locally Trials. 

28 June 2016 by Stephen Evans

Employment and skills after Brexit

Stephen Evans, Learning and Work deputy chief executive, takes a look at what the UK's decision to leave the European Union could mean for employment and skills.

14 June 2016 by Alex McCallum

Halving the Gap – Willing the ends but not the means?

How do we close the employment gap for those with a long term health conditions and impairments?  Alex McCallum reflects on a great Learning and Work Institute event

14 June 2016 by Ruth Marks

How volunteering helps us learn

As Volunteers Week draws to a close Ruth Marks, director of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, reflects on how volunteering and learning are closely linked. There are so many different ways to learn and develop new...Read more »

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths

My name is Daisy, I’m 18 years old. I live in Rugby and I care for my mum who has been diagnosed with several mental health conditions and now is also suffering from physical disabilities. My...Read more »

Determination played a big part in my success
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Determination played a big part in my success

Growing up as a young person with caring responsibilities I found over time that many of my plans had to be delayed or cancelled, and increasingly my social life in particular had to come second to...Read more »

Making even a small difference to someone’s life is so rewarding
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Making even a small difference to someone’s life is so rewarding

Malachi is my youngest brother; he is 8 years old. If you met Malachi, you’d think he was a normal 8 year old – he’s chirpy, he’s cheeky, he’s funny and quite the lady’s man –...Read more »

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it

Most people see carers as people who look after physical disabilities but it is so much wider than this. Mental health and substance misuse is on the rise – what happens to the family members who...Read more »

24 May 2016 by Steve Hawkins

The step change needed to halve the disability employment gap

First the good news, then the maths. The good news is the government’s unequivocal commitment to halving the disability employment gap. Now the maths. To halve the gap means moving 1.2 million more disabled people in...Read more »

19 May 2016 by Cerys Furlong

Five things the Welsh Government could achieve in the fifth Assembly term

Inspired by the excellent Daran Hill’s analysis and advice for each political party in the coming weeks, months and years, I seem to be able to only think in fives.  This Assembly term will be crucial to...Read more »

What’s needed to reform prison education?
19 May 2016 by David Hughes

What’s needed to reform prison education?

Learning and Work's chief executive, David Hughes, examines the funding and delivery reforms needed to deliver true reform to prison education. 

18 May 2016 by Rachel Marvin

What the Queen’s Speech means for Learning and Work

Steve Mulligan, Learning and Work's assistant director, policy and public affairs, summarises key legislation announced from today's Queen's Speech. 

16 May 2016 by Teresa Chalmers

Pledge to nominate: How Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge won an award and you could too!

As nominations for this year’s Festival of Learning close this Friday, Teresa Chambers, Executive Director of Employment and Skills at  Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), reflects on the incredible journey they have been on since receiving last year’s covered President’s Award for their Humber Skills Pledge Project.

5 May 2016 by David Hughes

“Are we fetishising co-location?”

“Are we fetishising co-location?” asked Karen Buck, MP and member of the DWP Select Committee. I was watching the evidence session live yesterday morning because Tony Wilson, Learning and Work’s Policy and Research Director, was giving...Read more »

15 April 2016 by David Hughes

Four things the next London Mayor can do for Learning and Skills

Learning and Work Institute's Chief Executive David Hughes blogs about the history of learning and skills in London, our roundtable discussion and four outcomes that could impact learning and employment for Londoners.

11 April 2016 by Tony Wilson

All change? Eight things that Stephen Crabb may (or may not) say tomorrow

Tomorrow, Stephen Crabb will give his maiden speech as Secretary of State.  So, where should he start?  Here’s eight things that he may (or may not) say:

6 April 2016 by Ruth Spellman

Showcasing the social impact of learning

As Festival of Learning award nominations open, WEA CEO Ruth Spellman blogs on why the awards inspire learners and inspire her.

22 March 2016 by Tony Wilson

No more welfare cuts? Unless the cap doesn’t fit.

The announcement by Stephen Crabb yesterday that there are no plans for further welfare cuts is welcome.  However it is already being called into question, and it is easy to see why: because the government had...Read more »

21 March 2016 by Stephen Evans

Welfare cuts are not the same as welfare reform

Deputy CEO Stephen Evans blogs on the difference between welfare cuts and welfare reform, posing four key questions Stephen Crabb needs to answer

17 March 2016 by Nick Humfrey

Part-time apprenticeships tap into amazing talent hidden in our communities

To round off National Apprenticeship Week, Camden Council’s Nick Humfrey blogs for Learning and Work Institute on why we need more flexible apprenticeships and the impact they can have on parents.

11 March 2016 by Kathryn Ray

How to develop a better ‘progression offer’ for low paid workers

What can city-region stakeholders do to provide a better progression offer to low paid workers? Our head of research (employment and skills) Kathryn Ray uses our latest research with JRF to discuss.

7 March 2016 by Adele Tilley

International Women’s Day 2016

Adele Tilley won the Adult Learners' Week Patrons Award in 2015 from HRH Princess Royal. Today, International Women's Day 2016, Adele opens up about how returning to learning has completely changed her life; from escaping an abusive relationships six years ago, to imminently finishing a Masters Degree.

3 March 2016 by Stephen Evans

The road to full employment

Learning and Work's deputy chief executive Stephen Evans responds toThe Resolution Foundation's new report on achieving full employment.

29 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Good Morning, Europe!

When I think about why it’s important to learn from our colleagues in Europe, one thing springs to mind.  Mornings.  It doesn’t matter how much passion I have for work, learning or life I‘ve never been...Read more »

25 February 2016 by Stephen Evans

How we’re helping to boost living standards

The ongoing crunch in living standards, the rollout of Universal Credit, rise in in-work poverty. All of these make providing better support to tackle low pay more essential. Cities and providers across the country are starting...Read more »