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29 October 2015

Innovating learning through digital technologies

NIACE will be exploring how to make digital learning more accessible to benefit both individuals and the economy, by chairing a panel discussion at the EPALE UK Digital Skills Conference on 30 November. 

Part-time HE: The key to unlocking potential
29 October 2015

Part-time HE: The key to unlocking potential

A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute today, sponsored by the Open University and capturing the voices of HE experts, outlines the catastrophic decline in part-time HE and sets out ways to address it.

28 October 2015

Tax credit reform: Government must implement changes to lessen impact on the hardest hit

After the Government’s tax credit reforms suffered defeat in the House of Lords this week, the Chancellor is expected to soon outline his plans to meet the requirement to “mitigate for at least the next three years their [tax credit reforms] effect on the poorest families” when he makes his autumn statement in late November.

4Children warns cuts to children’s centres risks damaging essential services for hundreds of thousands of families
28 October 2015

4Children warns cuts to children’s centres risks damaging essential services for hundreds of thousands of families

The leading children’s charity 4Children has warned that government funding cuts to children’s centres are putting essential services to hundreds of thousands of families at risk. 4Children’s annual ‘Children’s Centre Census’, whose findings were based on the responses of 400 centre managers accounting for over 1,000 Children’s Centres, found that over two thirds (68 percent) have had their funding cut in the past financial year.

28 October 2015

Nesta: Fresh face for “Living Map of Job Innovators”

Nesta have relaunched an updated version of their “Living Map of Job Innovators”, a guide to innovative job search and employment programmes within the UK and beyond.

28 October 2015

DWP: Review of the Merlin Standard by Inclusion

The Department for Work and Pensions commissioned Inclusion to review the Merlin Standard as part of their effort to improve the standard’s effectiveness, three years after it was first introduced. The Merlin Standard aims to encourage excellent supply chain management and ensure the equitable treatment of partners and subcontractors.

Gingerbread releases impact analysis of Summer Budget on single parent families
28 October 2015

Gingerbread releases impact analysis of Summer Budget on single parent families

According to the latest Gingerbread report, single parents will be most affected by the Summer Budget. This new research looks at the combined impact of the reforms to welfare, tax and pay proposed earlier this year, which will hit 1.3 million of the UK’s working single parent families.

23 October 2015

New pilots to tackle Britain’s life skills shortfalls

Thirteen Citizens’ Curriculum pilots testing new ways of improving people's key life skills have launched today, which could prove crucial in supporting Britain's 5 million adults who lack functional literacy and numeracy, and 11 million without basic digital skills.

The Princess Royal, the Army and NIACE lead the way in showcasing Apprenticeship quality
22 October 2015

The Princess Royal, the Army and NIACE lead the way in showcasing Apprenticeship quality

The Army’s Professional Cookery Apprenticeship programme, considered a model of good practice and endorsed as outstanding by Ofsted, is being showcased by NIACE at an event today attended by its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Too many Apprenticeships not meeting employer, economy and apprentice needs
22 October 2015

Too many Apprenticeships not meeting employer, economy and apprentice needs

Ofsted’s survey report into Apprenticeships confirms NIACE’s well-established argument that there are still too many which do not meet the needs of employers, the economy and apprentices themselves.

DWP Committee strongly endorses NIACE and Inclusion’s Welfare to Work proposals
21 October 2015

DWP Committee strongly endorses NIACE and Inclusion’s Welfare to Work proposals

NIACE has responded to the publication of the House of Common’s Work and Pension Committee’s report into Welfare to Work.

In-work poverty in London increases by 70 per cent in past ten years
20 October 2015

In-work poverty in London increases by 70 per cent in past ten years

The fifth edition of the Trust for London’s ‘London’s Poverty Profile’ provided by the New Policy Institute has investigated income, inequality, housing, work and education in the capital.

Almost a quarter of small businesses lack digital skills
20 October 2015

Almost a quarter of small businesses lack digital skills

UK charity Go.On UK reveals in latest research that over 12 million people and a million small businesses in the UK do not have the skills to prosper in the digital era.  

20 October 2015

Brand new app to support care leavers into learning and work

 A brand new app to inspire and help young adult care leavers to find learning and work has been launched today by NIACE, to mark National Care Leavers’ Week (21 – 28 October).

Response to Policy Exchange professional and technical education report
19 October 2015

Response to Policy Exchange professional and technical education report

A new report from Policy Exchange makes a convincing case for redeployment of increasingly scarce public resource for education and training.

Tailored careers guidance crucial for young adult carers
7 October 2015

Tailored careers guidance crucial for young adult carers

To provide better support for young adult carers, NIACE has worked with a number of partners and young adult carers to develop and pilot tailored resources and approaches to careers guidance. 

AELP Consultation on National Minimum Wage
6 October 2015

AELP Consultation on National Minimum Wage

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), which represents the interests of a range of organisations delivering vocational learning and employment and employability support within the United Kingdom, have released their findings after a consultation on the National Living Wage.

Engaging the social sector better to deliver better social outcomes
29 September 2015

Engaging the social sector better to deliver better social outcomes

In recent years, there has been a growing practise of the outsourcing of public service delivery within the UK, primarily within the welfare to work sector, with the overall aim of securing increased efficiencies for the taxpayer.

Benefit claimants set up 70 new businesses a day
29 September 2015

Benefit claimants set up 70 new businesses a day

New statistics show that over the last 4 years entrepreneurial benefit claimants have set up 70 businesses on average every working day across Great Britain.

If The Government Is Serious About Halving The Disability Employment Gap…
29 September 2015

If The Government Is Serious About Halving The Disability Employment Gap…

Guest blog by Steve Hawkins, CEO at Pluss. Credit to the Government for being so clear. They want to halve the disability employment gap. That’s the difference between the percentage of people with disabilities who are in work and that of the working age population as a whole.

IFS: Graduate ‘premium’ benefits women, as men continue to top graduate earnings league table
29 September 2015

IFS: Graduate ‘premium’ benefits women, as men continue to top graduate earnings league table

New findings published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have revealed the ‘graduate premium’ - the difference between the earnings of graduates and non-graduates in England.

AELP Press Release
29 September 2015

AELP Press Release

New resources will be launched today at the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Staff Support Programme (ASSP/TSSP) Dissemination Conference - ‘Developing Staff to Achieve the Best Outcome for Learners’.

25 September 2015

NIACE at the 2015 party conferences

NIACE, in partnership with the AoC, are hosting fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences.

Next phase of Universal Credit rollout begins
22 September 2015

Next phase of Universal Credit rollout begins

As of this week, the government’s flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, enters into the next stage of its national rollout and will be available in three-quarters of all job centres by Christmas.

Evaluation of DWP and DfH policy pilots supporting claimants with mental health conditions
22 September 2015

Evaluation of DWP and DfH policy pilots supporting claimants with mental health conditions

Following a Government commissioned report, RAND Europe recommended the Government pilot a number of support interventions in order to improve the employment and health support available for those with common mental health conditions within the UK. 

Plans launched to crackdown on fake apprenticeships
22 September 2015

Plans launched to crackdown on fake apprenticeships

Companies who offer unofficial training courses and pass them off as apprenticeships are being outlawed under the government’s plans to enhance apprenticeship recognition within the UK - set to commence from this week.

Work Programme has supported 450,000 into work
22 September 2015

Work Programme has supported 450,000 into work

The latest Government statistics on the Work Programme, which were published this week, have revealed that over 450,000 people, who have entered the programme since it began in June 2011, have found sustained work.

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