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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NIACE has published its latest update on the government policy changes to funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in England.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
NIACE hopes that the government gives careful consideration to the report from the Access to Education Advocate, Simon Hughes MP.
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.
The learning and skills that people and communities need should be at the heart of the Government's White Paper Open Public Services.
Learning providers are confused about provision for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and many people are at risk of missing out on learning, according to a survey from NIACE of over 100 practitioners, published on Monday 11 July 2011.
The role of learning needs to be secured and enhanced for people in care settings and their carers, says NIACE in response to the publication of the Fairer Care Funding/Dilnot Report.
NIACE welcomes plans in the government's new HE White Paper to give students more powers and reduce the cost of higher education, but maintains some concerns. Paul Stanistreet, NIACE's lead on HE comments.
A joint policy position paper on Career Guidance for Adults has been launched by NIACE and NAEGA.
NIACE welcomes the government's new Work Programme - launched on Friday 10 June - and believes it has the potential to support harder to reach adults, as long as learning opportunities are embedded within it.
A film of Sir David Attenborough being presented with the first ever Outstanding Contribution to Adult Learning Award by Business Secretary, Vince Cable - as part of the 20th Adult Learners' Week National Award Ceremony - is now available to watch.
NIACE reiterates the need for a radical change in how adult numeracy learning is addressed, in its response to Ofsted's report - Tackling the challenge of low numeracy skills in young people and adults - published on Friday 8 April 2011.
NIACE is examining evidence to assess the social and economic impact and value for money of Informal Adult and Community Learning, on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
NIACE believes the news, from earlier this week, that Skill - the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities - has closed is a ‘great loss to learners'.
Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Chair of the national Colleges in their Communities Inquiry - led by NIACE, the Association of Colleges and the 157 Group - has visited Leicester College in one of the Inquiry's five place-based seminars designed to gather evidence.
In less than 18 months 2,000 Community Learning Champions have encouraged over 100,000 people to take up learning in some of the country's most disadvantaged communities. These are the headline figures published in a report on Tuesday 29 March.
The Board of NIACE has announced that David Hughes - the current National Provider Services Director at the Skills Funding Agency - will be the new Chief Executive of NIACE, following the retirement of Professor Alan Tuckett in the summer.