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New ESOL Local Partnerships Project
24 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

New ESOL Local Partnerships Project

Learning and Work Institute is pleased to be launching a new project on local English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) networks and partnerships. The work, commissioned by the Department for Education, will explore and develop...Read more »

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands
1 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands

Learning and Work Institute are pleased to be the regional ESOL co-ordinator for West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership. Local authorities supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in the West Midlands region are to benefit from...Read more »

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities
13 April 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities

Housing and employment charity, Give us a Chance (GUAC), Learning and Work Institute and New York-based social research organization, MDRC, have hosted their first real-time joint event. Delegates from New York City and London explored the...Read more »

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response
21 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute comments on the Government’s most recent publication on the characteristics of young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) for a year, 3 years after...Read more »

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response
14 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response

“English language skills are central to life and work so the Government is right to focus on better support for the 770,000 people who lack these skills. But we need to will the means as well as...Read more »

‘Better Work London’ network will help Londoners improve their careers and earnings
13 March 2018 by Rhian Short

‘Better Work London’ network will help Londoners improve their careers and earnings

Low pay and the quality of work are problems for many people living in the capital but a new network launched by Learning and Work Institute plans to find the best ways of tackling this. With...Read more »

Spring Statement: Our Response
13 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Spring Statement: Our Response

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans responds to the Government’s Spring Statement: The Chancellor’s Statement is a case of short-term gain, long-term pain. There is relatively good news over the public finances and growth in the short-term,...Read more »

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment
8 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment

HRH The Princess Royal, Learning and Work Institute’s patron, attended last week’s Positive Transitions – Supporting Young Adult Carers in Learning and Work conference to help raise awareness of young adult carers’ needs and experiences. The...Read more »

Encouraging women into engineering apprenticeships would help the gender pay gap
8 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Encouraging women into engineering apprenticeships would help the gender pay gap

Learning and Work Institute and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation are calling for greater efforts to be made to encourage women and girls into engineering apprenticeships. Just 9% of the current engineering workforce in the UK is...Read more »

Learning and Work Institute and Hotcourses UK launch Festival of Learning’s Have a Go Month
1 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Learning and Work Institute and Hotcourses UK launch Festival of Learning’s Have a Go Month

Learning and Work Institute and campaign partner Hotcourses UK are calling on businesses, education providers and learning organisations to get involved with Festival of Learning 2018. Learning benefits not just the individual but also their families,...Read more »

Post-18 Education Review: Our Response
19 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Post-18 Education Review: Our Response

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of post-18 education, Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director at Learning and Work Institute: “While much of the media attention will be focused on university fees, we...Read more »

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our Response
8 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our Response

We welcome the Government’s response to the Taylor Review on modern employment practices. We were pleased that the Business Under-Secretary Andrew Griffiths reiterated that the Government wants the creation of quality jobs, not just a large...Read more »

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?
6 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?

Throughout Europe apprenticeships provide a crucial entry point to the world of work for young people. However, too many young people are missing out because they need support to bridge the gap from compulsory education or...Read more »

New DfE ‘5 Cities’ project launched
1 February 2018 by Rhian Short

New DfE ‘5 Cities’ project launched

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton has announced the launch of a new project to increase underrepresented groups taking apprenticeships. Learning and Work Institute is supporting the 5 cities with the design, delivery and evaluation of...Read more »

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers
25 January 2018 by Charlotte Robey

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

To celebrate this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day, Learning and Work Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work. Research...Read more »

Statistics on Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Our Response
25 January 2018 by Stephen Evans

Statistics on Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Our Response

In response to today’s publication of statistics on apprenticeships and Traineeships, our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans said:  “Today’s figures show another worrying fall in apprenticeship starts, down 26% compared to this time last year. The fall is smaller...Read more »

Call for evidence on employer engagement activities for learners
7 December 2017 by Rhian Short

Call for evidence on employer engagement activities for learners

Learning and Work Institute has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to gather evidence on effective employer engagement activities for learners aged 16 and 17 studying below Level 2. This important piece of work will...Read more »

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents – our response
4 December 2017 by Rhian Short

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents – our response

Following today’s publication of the Careers Strategy, Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research and Development responded, saying “We are pleased to see that the long-awaited careers strategy, published today, recognises the importance of focusing on adults...Read more »

One in five employers of apprentices unsure of the rules on apprentice pay
24 November 2017 by Rhian Short

One in five employers of apprentices unsure of the rules on apprentice pay

New research from Learning and Work Institute suggests one in five employers of apprentices are unsure of the rules on apprentice pay. The findings suggest low awareness of the rules may mean too many apprentices are...Read more »

Autumn Budget 2017: our response
22 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Autumn Budget 2017: our response

In response to today’s budget announcements, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said: “The Budget forecasts are a sea of red with sharp downgrades to growth and productivity. We don’t have to just...Read more »

Eight new Fellows for Learning and Work Institute
3 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Eight new Fellows for Learning and Work Institute

Learning and Work Institute has announced the appointment of its first eight Fellows, made up of leaders from the learning, skills and employment sectors. The announcement comes as L&W launches its Impact Report, setting out the...Read more »

Festival of Learning 2018 award nominations open
2 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Festival of Learning 2018 award nominations open

Adult learning can help transform lives, communities, families, and workplaces. Yet latest data shows 900,000 fewer adults taking part in learning than five years ago. So it’s perhaps never been more important to celebrate the best...Read more »

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers
23 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of our new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work. The launch is being supported by a series of free workshops...Read more »

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning
12 September 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning

In England and Wales there are over 300,000 young adult carers, who provide over £5 billion of unpaid care each year. Despite the vital contribution they make to their families and society, young adult carers are...Read more »

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap
7 September 2017 by Shane Chowen

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap

With an employment rate gap of 30 percentage points, much higher than in other countries, it’s time for Government and employers to come together to make the labour market work for people with disabilities and health...Read more »

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships
26 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships

Top tips and case studies to help public sector organisations plan and develop their apprenticeship programmes have been launched by Learning and Work Institute. Supported by the Department for Education, the resources provide valuable information for...Read more »

In-work progression: understanding what works
16 July 2017 by Kathryn Ray

In-work progression: understanding what works

The publication of the landmark Taylor review last week heralds a welcome focus on the quality of work as well as the number of people participating in the labour market.  This shift in focus is vital to...Read more »

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone
11 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone

Responding to the publication of Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:  “I support the call of Matthew Taylor and his team for all work to...Read more »

Increasing work placements in technical education
6 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Increasing work placements in technical education

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed the £50 million investment announced today by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to fund high quality work placements for students on technical education programmes from April 2018. Alongside today’s announcement,...Read more »

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay
28 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

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 »

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