NIACE welcomes the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, in particular the statement that 'an apprenticeship is a form of education', but feels there is not enough emphasis on the role of apprentices in determining curriculum, scope, delivery, assessment and improvements in quality.
NIACE warmly welcomes the news that the funding for adult English and maths functional skills, and for English and maths within an Apprenticeship will be doubled, as announced by the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock.
NIACE welcomes the announcement on qualifications, made by the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, on Tuesday 20 November, in his speech to the Association of Colleges Annual Conference.
Older people’s learning has undergone many changes over the past seven years according to new research published by NIACE on Monday 19 November.
Learning a language or brushing up on your maths skills in your spare time can boost your life satisfaction in the same way as a £750 a year pay rise, according to new research from BIS.
NIACE welcomes the publication of the Apprenticeships report published today by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.
NIACE welcomes Lord Heseltine's review - No stone unturned in pursuit of growth - as a powerful argument for a new approach to stimulating economic growth and for a rebalancing of responsibilities between local and central government in England.
NIACE has responded to the final report of the independent review panel - Professionalism in Further Education - published on 23 October 2012. One of the outcomes from Lord Lingfield's review is the creation of a Guild that will give more autonomy to the sector.
NIACE and Age UK joined forces to explore better ways of supporting older people into learning, at a conference hosted by BT in London, on Friday 19 October 2012.
NIACE has responded to the publication of BIS's National Adult Learner Survey 2010, which shows the lowest level of adult participation in learning ever recorded in the NALS series.
NIACE has outlined five key statements in its submission to the Doug Richard Review on the Future of Apprenticeships in England.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 three of the outcomes from the latest Ofsted consultation, A Good Education for All, published on Wednesday 30 May 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NIACE has welcomed the Government's announcement on 18 May of more advice, information and support for parents.
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.
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 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.