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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.

20 October 2015

New report from Policy Exchange on improving public resource for education and training

UK think tank Policy Exchange has published a new report - “Higher, Further, Faster, More: Improving higher level professional and technical education” – which looks at how UK public spending has fixated too much on Higher Education to the detriment of Further Education.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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. 

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.

17 September 2015

NIACE Learner Ambassador makes the case for better literacy skills across Europe

Making the case for better literacy skills to remain a priority across Europe, NIACE Learner Ambassador Sam Riley, is addressed the European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, in Brussels this week.

New “summer-born” rules threaten to widen educational attainment gap
8 September 2015

New “summer-born” rules threaten to widen educational attainment gap

The Schools Minister Nick Gibb has proposed plans to allow the parents of children born in summer, April 1st to August 31st, to delay their start date for primary school by a year, in order tackle the educational gap between children born in the summer and their classmates.

Inclusion and NIACE: referrals for government spending review
8 September 2015

Inclusion and NIACE: referrals for government spending review

Inclusion and NIACE have released a joint Spending Review Representation, which calls upon the Government to commit to a clear strategy of investment in lifelong learning, skills and employment support. The Spending Review Representation outlines a framework of policy suggestions for the government, which would maximise the impact of public investment and encourage greater levels of individual and employer investment leading to three key outcomes; supporting those with the least ability to pay and/or who have the greatest need, ensure that the widest possible numbers can benefit from support and learning, and finally deliver greater efficiencies and effectiveness within learning and support delivery.

7 September 2015

Conference investigates impact of learning

As UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning Learning, NIACE is hosting an international conference to look at the impact of adult learning.

7 September 2015

NIACE and Inclusion call for Spending Review reforms

NIACE and Inclusion publish Spending Review proposals to improve learning, skills and employment.

DWP figures show thousands have died after being found ‘fit-to-work’
1 September 2015

DWP figures show thousands have died after being found ‘fit-to-work’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released statistics which show that, between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,380 people died after their Work Capability Assessment (WCA) had found them fit for work.

1 September 2015

Increase in University fees reduce drop-out rates

A report from Lancaster University Management School has shown that university drop-out rates fell shortly after tuition fees were increased.

Employers who avoid paying the national Living wage will face penalties under new government regulations
1 September 2015

Employers who avoid paying the national Living wage will face penalties under new government regulations

David Cameron has announced that employers who fail to comply with the new national living wage will face fines or will be considered for disqualification from being a company director for 15 years. Mr Cameron said that the new pay policy would only work if “properly enforced” and that that the government would be funding a new unit at HM Revenue & Customs that will put pressure on firms who avoid agreeing with this.

28 August 2015

Supporting care leavers to achieve in further education

To support better outcomes for care leavers, 40% of whom are not in education, employment or training compared to just 15% of their peers, NIACE has published a guide for further education colleges and other learning providers.

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