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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 »

19 February 2016 by Colin Davies

The Work and Health Programme – How innovative will delivery be?

In this special guest blog, Publicco's Colin Davies takes an in-depth look at the issues which could promote and inhibit innovative practice in the Work and Health Programme.

17 February 2016 by David Hughes

Can the UK achieve good living standards and inclusive growth?

Learning and Work's chief executive David Hughes reflects on the Resolution Foundation's annual audit of living standards in the UK which was published earlier this week.

16 February 2016 by Alex Stevenson

Why basic skills without employer support just isn’t cricket

I’m quite possibly the only person in the country who associates beating Australia at cricket with delivering workplace basic skills.   Like most England cricket fans, I can remember exactly where I was when England won the...Read more »

9 February 2016 by Stephen Evans

Chance to change: the case (and plan) for prison reform

This week I attended the event where the Prime Minister gave a thoughtful speech of prison reform. There’s lots to welcome and more to do. Here’s five things you need to know about what he said....Read more »

5 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Improving Transitions

The launch of the OECD report: Building Skills for All has highlighted improving transitions into the workplace as a key priority area to support young people to be successful in the labour market. In the UK,...Read more »

3 February 2016 by Emily Jones

Using evidence to support adult learning

The OECD’s report, Building Skills for All: A Review of England, provides another reality check on the millions of adults who have low basic skills. An estimated 9 million adults aged 16-65 have low literacy or numeracy...Read more »

2 February 2016 by Nicola Aylward

‘Equity in education requires early intervention’ – impact and challenges of low literacy and numeracy levels amongst young people in England

Last week the OECD published its latest report into literacy and numeracy skills. Building Skills for All: A Review of England provides shocking evidence of poor basic skills levels amongst young people in England.  The report...Read more »

28 January 2016 by Guest Blogger

Tell us about inclusive apprenticeships

The government has made a commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020. As numbers increase, it is vital access is widened so that no one who is able to undertake an apprenticeship is prevented from doing...Read more »

22 January 2016 by David Hughes

Helping Government reforms achieve high quality apprenticeships

At our roundtable with Policy Exchange yesterday, the Skills Minister, Nick Boles, set out a thorough and clear set of reforms he is driving forward to ensure that the 3million apprenticeship target is met through high quality. ...Read more »

20 January 2016 by Stephen Evans

The next frontiers of welfare reform

Frank Field was asked by Tony Blair in 1997 to think the unthinkable on welfare reform. Although a minister for just over a year (it turned out the unthinkable really was unthinkable), he has continued to...Read more »

15 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Local people, local growth

Recognising the critical importance of the devolution agenda, we decided that the first major policy report of Learning and Work Institute would focus on the key role that local areas can play in joining up employment, learning and skills interventions to unleash local talent, to tackle employment and skills challenges, and to deliver inclusive growth. 

14 January 2016 by Cerys Furlong

Further Education at the Heart of a New Vision for Education, Skills and Employment

Learning and Work Cymru director Cerys Furlong reflects on the publication of the Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education in Wales report and considers the role and purpose of high quality vocational education as part of the education and skills landscape.

14 January 2016 by Shane Chowen

HE grants shift could hurt mature students and deserves full debate

This morning, a small group of MPs forming a committee you've probably never heard of will vote through regulations which deliver some of the changes to higher education student finance.

11 January 2016 by David Hughes

Welcome to the Learning and Work Institute

Welcome to Learning and Work Institute. We’re a new organisation built on the solid foundations of NIACE and Inclusion, two organisations with longstanding success and impact.   Learning and Work Institute will operate across the learning,...Read more »

11 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Mind the Gap

London is a dynamic, vibrant economy, but one in five people earn less than the London Living Wage. At the same time, as the capital’s economy grows, more and more employers are reporting skills gaps and...Read more »

2 December 2015 by Guest Blogger

Youth Employment Convention

A big thank you on behalf of Inclusion and NIACE to all the delegates, supporters, sponsors and speakers that attended our Youth Employment Convention last week. It was truly a day to share and engage with young people in finding more ways to inspire them into sustainable employment.

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?
26 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?

Toni Pearce makes the case for further devolution to help the government reach the 3 million apprenticeship target. 

25 November 2015 by Alex Stevenson

Unlocking local talent through the Citizens’ Curriculum

Alex Stevenson explains how devolution has the potential to develop better adult learning opportunities that genuinely meet the needs of local residents, local communities and the local economy.

Responsive delivery of local skills could drive sustained growth
24 November 2015 by Andrew Carter

Responsive delivery of local skills could drive sustained growth

Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive of Centre for Cities, explains why skills funding matters to local economic growth. 

24 November 2015 by Rachel Marvin

In support of post punk politics

With devolution expected to be a big theme emanating from this week's Spending Review, Steve Muligan makes the case for Cities and Local Areas to be given a formal role in overseeing learning, skills and employment services.

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?
20 November 2015 by Stephen Evans

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?

This Wednesday’s Spending Review will set the framework for policy and debate for the next five years. We know it will include further cuts in public funding and that, with schools, health, defence and overseas aid...Read more »

19 November 2015 by Sarah Wait

MCA’s Community College responds to local learning needs

Sarah Wait, Community Lead Professional at Manchester Communication Academy, outlines how the Community College addressed the learning needs of over 1,600 local adults with provision continuing to grow.