Personally, I love the buzz of Party Conferences – they’re noisy, busy, cramped and there are always too many things going on at once and many fascinating discussions to be had during the long days. The downside is they’re amongst the worse places on earth to actually concentrate and think – which is scary, as it’s usually where I am when I’m asked to quickly formulate a sensible view on a brand new policy I’ve never heard of before.
I always seem to leave Manchester in the sun and it’s happened again as I leave the Labour Party Conference after a couple of fascinating days. We were there to promote our manifesto for a truly...Read more »
Column originally published in the Local Government Chronicle on 9 September 2014. In early 2014 NIACE published groundbreaking research on its work with a number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employers in...Read more »
Last month’s employment rate at 73.0% is slightly lower than July’s record, and the inactivity rate at 21.9% is slightly higher than July as well. But, these figures are not the highest published working age figure – that...Read more »
Just a few days into my new role as Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs, I’m very pleased to pen my first blog at NIACE. It’s also a great opportunity to note my delight at...Read more »
It’s not often that ESOL hits the headlines, but last night’s BBC Newsnight provided a welcome focus in the mainstream media on ESOL provision and its importance for the one million or so people in England and Wales believed not to speak English fluently.
The benefit cap has always been a solution looking for a problem, and today’s headlinessuggest that Policy Exchange want to widen that search. The cap isn’t cutting benefit spending. The latest government figures suggest that the cap has reduced welfare...Read more »
Amanda Scales won our Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year in the South-East in 2012. As with all of our national award winners, she was remarkable and it was obvious from the first time I met...Read more »
I’m naturally curious. There is always another question to ask, more to find out and extra detail to understand. Some of my earliest memories are of taking alarm clocks to pieces and ending up with a...Read more »
There is no shortage of headlines in LEP land at the moment. Some in local government were writing the obituaries of LEPs before Christmas but recent events seem to suggest a “re-birth” now in the offing.
When I was at school, aged 17, trying to make decisions about going on to university or leaving and finding work, there was little offered in the way of careers advice or support, and times were much more buoyant then.
Column originally published in the Local Government Chronicle on 10 March 2014. Three significant learning and skills developments will impact significantly on local economic regeneration. Latest participation data from the Skills Funding...Read more »
Guest blog from young adult carer, Matt, as part of NIACE’s WE Care project, which is exploring the support young adult carers require to make successful transitions into learning and work.
On Wednesday 5th March at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, NIACE introduced the new Adult Learner Ambassadors to a group of sector and business leaders. One of those Ambassadors, Amanda Scales, who went from a belly dancing class, to an Access course, to university and is now a teacher, made the following speech…
Booktrust has released two fascinating pieces of research today, linked to reading for pleasure. The first, carried out by DJS Research, is a national survey of reading habits amongst adults. It looks at who reads, how...Read more »
A guest blog from young adult carer, Carina, as part of NIACE’s WE Care project, which is exploring the support young adult carers require to make successful transitions into learning and work.
The Government’s recent Skills Funding Statement 2013-2016 refers to the plan for implementing a consultation on the technical details of the Apprenticeship funding system later this spring.