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NIACE welcomes BIS’s annual grant letter to Hefce
27 January 2012

NIACE welcomes BIS’s annual grant letter to Hefce

NIACE welcomes BIS's continued commitment to the premium universities in England receive to engage students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as confirmed in its annual grant letter to Hefce.

27 January 2012

Perspectives on further education loans

NIACE has today published a special issue of Adults Learning to inform the ongoing debate about the introduction of further education loans for adults over 24 years in England from 2013.

4 January 2012

NIACE response to interim UCAS figures

The drop of 14.4% in UCAS applications since 2011, from those aged 25 and over, is more than double the average overall drop of 6.4%. These are findings from the latest application figures released by UCAS and are of concern to NIACE.

15 December 2011

NIACE welcomes Government’s 16-24 participation strategy

NIACE welcomes the publication of the Government's new strategy to maximise the participation of 16 - 24 year olds in education, training and work and is particularly interested in the further details of the Youth Contract announced by the Deputy Prime Minister last month.

2 December 2011

NIACE welcomes new proposals for the reform of FE

NIACE welcomes the publication of New Challenges, New Chances, launched on 1 December 2011 by BIS. It sets out a strong vision for adult education with learners at the heart of a system which delivers economic and social renewal for individuals, families and communities.

1 December 2011

NIACE response to the 2011 Skills for Life Survey

NIACE insists that it is vital to continue investing in the literacy and numeracy needs of adults in its response to the Government's publication of the 2011 Skills for Life Survey: Headline Findings, which was published on Thursday 1 December 2011.

25 November 2011

NIACE welcomes Government’s Youth Contract

The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (on Friday 25 November) of the Youth Contract - which will offer 400,000 young people aged 16 - 24 subsidised employment, work experience or apprenticeship opportunities - is broadly welcomed by NIACE.

18 November 2011

Army learning programme wins award

A NIACE-supported Army programme which reduces inequalities in health by helping to improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of adults, has won the Military-Civilian Health Partnership Awards for Health Improvement and Promotion.

14 November 2011

Colleges Inquiry – final report published

If colleges in England are to do ‘more with less' then the Government needs to cut ‘red-tape' and all colleges need to do more to engage with and respond to learners and their local communities, says the final report of the Colleges Inquiry published on 15 November.

Engaging unemployed women in training
3 November 2011

Engaging unemployed women in training

As unemployment rates for women rise to the highest levels in 17 years, NIACE and the Skills Funding Agency have published a report setting out strategies for engaging women in pre-employment training and for supporting them to achieve and progress.

NIACE welcomes university admissions review
31 October 2011

NIACE welcomes university admissions review

NIACE welcomes the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) consultation on a post-results higher education (HE) admissions system, its ambition to put students at its heart, and the distinct needs of mature and part-time students recognised in the report.

NIACE submits response to FE consultation
18 October 2011

NIACE submits response to FE consultation

NIACE's full response to the Government's New Challenges, New Chances consultation - and its responses to the two accompanying consultations on FE loans and informal adult and community learning - are all available to read online.

16 October 2011

NIACE joins the Age Action Alliance

NIACE is a founder member of the Age Action Alliance, launched this month, a network of national and local agencies working together to celebrate the lives of older people and to improve the lives of the most marginalised.

12 October 2011

Local Democracy Week 2011

Across the country local authorities brought together young people and adults in a range of events to learn about how local government works and discuss key local issues, during Local Democracy Week (10-16 October).

5 October 2011

Ufi Charitable Trust sells Ufi Ltd and learndirect

NIACE hopes that learndirect will continue to strive for the highest standards of learner support, following the announcement by the Ufi Charitable Trust (UCT) that it has sold Ufi Limited, the company behind the learndirect brand.

3 October 2011

More projects funded for adult community learning

Another 27 organisations from across England have secured a total of £900k in funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer informal adult and community learning opportunities to help make the Big Society a reality.

HE White Paper – full NIACE response
21 September 2011

HE White Paper – full NIACE response

In its response to the HE White Paper consultation, which closed on 20 September 2011, NIACE has argued that higher education should be viewed as part of a wider framework of lifelong learning.

19 September 2011

Every woman’s right to learn

A ten-point manifesto to help ensure every woman has the right to learn is being distributed by NIACE at the three main party conferences, which will lead to the publication of a final manifesto, ‘Every Woman's Right to Learn', on International Women's Day 2012.

16 September 2011

Capturing social value

To support the increasing emphasis placed by Government on capturing the return and value of adult learning for economic and social purposes, NIACE has produced three publications illustrating the social value of adult learning.

13 September 2011

NIACE update on ESOL policy changes

NIACE has published its latest update on the government policy changes to funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in England.

12 September 2011

Inquiry’s recommendations to improve adult literacy

Addressing adult literacy needs must be regarded as a moral imperative and the cycle of inter-generational difficulties with literacy must be broken. These are the main findings of a year-long Independent Inquiry into Adult Literacy, supported by NIACE.

2 September 2011

Organisations funded for adult and community learning

59 organisations from across England have secured funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer informal adult and community learning opportunities, to help make the Big Society a reality as part of the new Adult and Community Learning Fund.

Ofsted report on learners – NIACE responds
23 August 2011

Ofsted report on learners – NIACE responds

NIACE Programme Manager Yola Jacobsen discusses the publication of the Ofsted report Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with its focus on learners' transition from school to post-16 settings.

22 August 2011

NIACE signs MOUs with digital learning partners

To improve digital learning opportunities for adults, NIACE has cemented its relationship with two key leading national partners in the field of learning and technology this week - JISC Advance and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

22 August 2011

Improving the futures of young NEETs

Boosting the capacity of third sector organisations will have a positive impact on the long term futures of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), states a new report from NIACE commissioned on behalf of the government.

Reforming further education in England
16 August 2011

Reforming further education in England

The publication of New Challenges, New Chances by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), continues the government's consultative approach to the reform of the further education sector.

More local discretion over skills funding promised
10 August 2011

More local discretion over skills funding promised

NIACE warmly welcomes the announcement that colleges will be given more freedom to deliver skills for employment and growth, as what it hopes to be the first step towards greater local flexibility in delivering adult skills and meeting community needs.

Poor numeracy skills need addressing widely
10 August 2011

Poor numeracy skills need addressing widely

NIACE welcomes the new numeracy report - commissioned by the Conservative Party and published on Monday 8 August - but argues that poor numeracy skills need to be addressed not just in schools, but for the whole population.

22 July 2011

NIACE responds to Hughes Report on improving access to education

NIACE hopes that the government gives careful consideration to the report from the Access to Education Advocate, Simon Hughes MP.

19 July 2011

ESOL Announcement: a qualified welcome

NIACE welcomes the government's modification of its earlier decisions concerning the funding of ESOL, to help overcome the negative impact on learners in settled communities needing to learn English.