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Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay
28th June 2017

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay

Learning and Work Institute is today calling for robust measures to strengthen people’s ability to move up the career ladder, in response the Social Mobility Commission’s damning verdict on social mobility policies over the last two...Read more »

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors
16th June 2017

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to congratulate two of its Learning Ambassadors who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Amanda Scales, from Brighton, and Frank Harris, from London, have each been awarded the...Read more »

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning
15th June 2017

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
12th June 2017

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 »

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone
7th June 2017

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone

Learning and Work Institute is today marking the 25th anniversary of Festival of Learning, England’s biggest celebration of adult education and lifelong learning. Founded in 1992, Adult Learners’ Week, and now Festival of Learning, promotes the...Read more »

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work
24th May 2017

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work

A new website to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work has been launched by Learning and Work Institute today. Supported by the Department for Education, Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help...Read more »

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18th May 2017

“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
16th May 2017

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
12th May 2017

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
26th April 2017

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 »

18th April 2017

General Election announcement

Responding to today’s announcement of a general election on 8 June, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce
4th April 2017

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce

New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages from today.

Apprenticeships: focus needed on quality and access
31st March 2017

Apprenticeships: focus needed on quality and access

A recent report looking at the UK Government’s apprenticeship policies in England has highlighted some concerns.

Festival of Learning 20th March 2017

Hotcourses announced as new Festival of Learning partner

New Festival of Learning partner Hotcourses, the UK’s number one online search site for adult learning has been announced as a new Festival Partner for Festival of Learning, England’s largest celebration of adult and lifelong learning,...Read more »

Making apprenticeships work for women
15th March 2017

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 »

8th March 2017

Technical education focus welcomed but glaring lack of strategy for adult education

Following today's budget, Chief Executive, Stephen Evans responds on behalf of Learning and Work Institute

8th March 2017

Persistence could help reduce gender inequalities in engineering apprenticeships

Only 25 per cent of women who unsuccessfully apply for an engineering apprenticeship apply again, new analysis by Learning and Work Institute reveals.

Access to high-quality English language provision is essential
7th March 2017

Access to high-quality English language provision is essential

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to conduct a mapping exercise of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Greater London. This work will benefit ESOL policy...Read more »

5th March 2017

Apprenticeships on the rise – but not for everyone

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Learning and Work Institute has released research showing women, people from lower income families, and ethnic minorities face a participation penalty in apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are a proven way for people to...Read more »

L&W respond to pre-budget skills funding announcement
5th March 2017

L&W respond to pre-budget skills funding announcement

In response to today’s announcements on investment in skills and technical education from Her Majesty’s Treasury, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute said: “We are pleased the Chancellor has recognised the need for...Read more »

2nd March 2017

Delivering in-work progression support for low paid workers

Our first interim report from the Step-Up evaluation brings together learning from the programme’s first year on engaging with and delivering services to low-paid workers.  Covering recruitment practices; service messaging; delivering services; engaging employers; and facilitating...Read more »

Apprenterships 1st March 2017

Free online technology course starts tomorrow

Learning and Work Institute are offering a free online technology course, running across 12 weeks, to support adult educators in line with European targets to tackle digital skill gaps. The course will equip educators with practical...Read more »

1st March 2017

Action to tackle Britain’s Digital Skills Divide

In response to the Government’s UK Digital Strategy, published 1 March 2017, Learning and Work Institute is calling for action to tackle Britain’s stark digital skills divide. There is a 22 percentage point gap between areas...Read more »

Aprenticeship 21st February 2017

Dedicated and focused action needed to tackle apprenticeships inequality

Skills Minister Robert Halfon MP has today launched the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network which will promote diversity among employers and encourage more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women, and members of the black,...Read more »

Traineeship programme 10th February 2017

Developing Traineeship Programmes for Young People who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

Learning and Work Institute is working with the Department for Education to develop new approaches to the traineeship programme. L&W can offer free support to a range of organisations, which include Local Authority employers, voluntary sector...Read more »

New Leadership for Learning and Work Institute in Wales
1st February 2017

New Leadership for Learning and Work Institute in Wales

Experienced campaigner, David Hagendyk will be joining Learning and Work Institute as the new Director for Wales. David has eighteen years experience of political campaigns and policy development in Wales. He will join Learning and Work...Read more »

31st January 2017

2017 Festival of Learning AWARD Nominations NOW OPEN

With the recent launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy placing significant emphasis on lifelong education and training, it has never been more important to raise the profile of adult learning and celebrate the positive difference it...Read more »

27th January 2017

“We need a step change in participation in learning” – Stephen Evans

For January 2017 the Department for Education has released the latest statistics about learner participation, outcomes and highest qualification held in further education and skills. Responding to today’s figures, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work...Read more »

Aprentership Training 23rd January 2017

Skills at the Heart of Industrial Strategy

Learning and Work Institute has today welcomed the fact that skills are at the heart of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said: “Britain needs a world class skills...Read more »

20th January 2017

Learning and Work Institute – at the heart of public sector apprenticeships

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is helping public sector organisations to meet their apprenticeship targets and assisting them to recognise the benefits of apprenticeships to their organisations. L&W is identifying best practice and ensuring that public...Read more »