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17 September 2012

NIACE submission to review of apprenticeships

NIACE has outlined five key statements in its submission to the Doug Richard Review on the Future of Apprenticeships in England.

10 September 2012

NIACE response to Ofqual review of ESOL qualifications

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual), has published its first ever consultation on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications, welcomed by NIACE.

Women’s Right to Literacy
6 September 2012

Women’s Right to Literacy

The right that all women have to access literacy learning across the world is the theme of an initiative spearheaded by NIACE and the Literacy Working Group.

22 August 2012

Funding secured for innovative community learning

97 organisations from across England, out of a total of 2215 applications, have secured funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer new and innovative community learning opportunities to adults and families as part of the Community Learning Innovation Fund.

NIACE submits evidence on proposed Universal Credit regulations
30 July 2012

NIACE submits evidence on proposed Universal Credit regulations

NIACE has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations, which closed on 27 July 2012.

Mid-life career review – NIACE proposals endorsed
18 July 2012

Mid-life career review – NIACE proposals endorsed

NIACE proposals for a mid-life career review were endorsed in parliament on 17 July, by the Minister for Skills, John Hayes, during a debate about FE Loans.

12 July 2012

NIACE response to support package for loans in FE

NIACE welcomes the Government's announcement of a package of support measures to address some of the concerns about the introduction of advanced learning loans for adults aged 24 and over in further education from next year.

NIACE submits Right to Choice consultation response
22 June 2012

NIACE submits Right to Choice consultation response

NIACE has outlined its concerns about the proposed legislation to enshrine the Right to Choice in law, in its response to the Government's consultation, which closed on 22 June.

21 June 2012

More action needed on FE loans following impact assessments

NIACE has three main concerns and has also identified four key questions that need to be answered as critical parts of the implementation of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

NIACE welcomes new LEAFEA Chair and Vice-Chair
21 June 2012

NIACE welcomes new LEAFEA Chair and Vice-Chair

NIACE warmly welcomes the election of Ian Forward as the new Chair of LEAFEA, the network of local authority lead officers for Adult and Community Learning.

19 June 2012

Valuing the impact of adult learning

Participating in part-time adult learning courses has significantly positive effects on individual well-being according to a new research approach examining the economic and social effects of part-time adult learning for NIACE, The SROI Network and the Local Government Association.

NIACE welcomes outcomes from latest Ofsted consultation
31 May 2012

NIACE welcomes outcomes from latest Ofsted consultation

NIACE welcomes three of the outcomes from the latest Ofsted consultation, A Good Education for All, published on Wednesday 30 May 2012.

22 May 2012

Ofsted’s new maths report welcomed by NIACE

NIACE welcomes Ofsted's recognition of the importance of parents and carers in supporting children's maths in its latest report into maths teaching - Mathematics: made to measure - published on 22 May.

NIACE response to Employer Skills Survey 2011
22 May 2012

NIACE response to Employer Skills Survey 2011

In response to the publication today of the Employer Skills Survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, NIACE is concerned over the number of employers not carrying out any training, but believes more can be done to encourage them.

22 May 2012

Lifelong learning and social mobility – a helpful start but more to do?

The publication by the Deputy Prime Minister of an update on progress towards improving social mobility in the UK on 22 May, is welcomed by NIACE for the recognition it gives to the role of lifelong learning.

21 May 2012

Pilots giving communities a say over learning

Applications are now closed for a pilot scheme which will work with local people and organisations to develop proposals to shape community learning in England.

18 May 2012

NIACE welcomes new services to support parents

NIACE has welcomed the Government's announcement on 18 May of more advice, information and support for parents.

NIACE calls for renewed policy dialogue on inspection
8 May 2012

NIACE calls for renewed policy dialogue on inspection

NIACE welcomes the proposals focussing on the quality of teaching and learning in its recently submitted response to Ofsted's consultation - A good education for all - but calls for a renewed policy dialogue on inspection.

4 April 2012

NIACE welcomes National Careers Service

The launch of the National Careers Service on Thursday 5 April, is a welcome indication of government's on-going commitment to the development of a good quality service for adults, but more could be done for young adults, says NIACE.

NIACE response to Review on Professionalism in FE
28 March 2012

NIACE response to Review on Professionalism in FE

NIACE is pleased that the Independent Review Panel on Professionalism in Further Education is seeking to resolve the uncertainty which has existed over the future direction of professional standards across further education.

26 March 2012

New BBC series to address adult literacy

The BBC One series about adult literacy, Secrets and Words, shown Monday 26 March - Friday 30 March, was developed with help from NIACE, encouraged adults to improve their skills and was accompanied by online resources for both learners and tutors.

More support needed for young adult carers
21 March 2012

More support needed for young adult carers

NIACE's call on education providers to do more to support young adult carers, was supported by Dame Philippa Russell, Chair of the Government's Standing Commission on Carers, at a national conference on 21 March.

20 March 2012

Online access in sheltered housing has widespread benefits

Providing computers and training in sheltered housing across the country has had a positive impact for both residents and landlords through the Get Digital programme - delivered by NIACE and Digital Unite - according to an evaluation report published on Friday 16 March.

NIACE welcomes new Social Justice strategy
20 March 2012

NIACE welcomes new Social Justice strategy

NIACE welcomes the Government's launch of the new Social Justice strategy - Social Justice: Transforming Lives - as it contains much which NIACE believes will please adult educators across the country.

9 March 2012

NIACE welcomes launch of National Numeracy

NIACE welcomes the recent launch of National Numeracy and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the new organisation to make the case for more, better and different maths learning for adults.

Greater freedom for FE colleges announced
27 February 2012

Greater freedom for FE colleges announced

The announcement that further education colleges will no longer be classified as part of central government has been welcomed by NIACE, which believes the decision will benefit adult learners.

23 February 2012

Next Steps for Digital Inclusion

Race Online, UK online centres and many others joined NIACE at a seminar on Thursday 15 March, to explore how the remaining 8.2 million people in the UK who have never been online, can be supported.

9 February 2012

More support for employers could double ‘apprenticeship appeal’

The number of employers prepared to take on an apprentice would more than double if the right package of support was available from Government and learning providers, says a new survey of 1,000 employers commissioned by Pearson and NIACE.

1 February 2012

NIACE welcomes NAO’s adult apprenticeship statement

NIACE welcomes the statement made by the National Audit Office that ‘Apprenticeships for adults offer a good return for the public money spent on them overall'.

30 January 2012

Drop in mature HE applications is a ‘warning sign for ministers’

The substantial drop in applications for higher education from mature students - announced in UCAS figures on Monday 30 January 2011 - is a significant cause for concern, NIACE believes.