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2 November 2016

What Employers Want programme provides new opportunities for young people

With the success of the What Employers Want programme, culminating in the creation of the What Employers Want website, Learning and Work are pleased to announce the exciting next phase of the project to tackle youth unemployment.

31 October 2016

Disability and health reform plans are welcome – but we need to do a lot more and do it better

Following the announcement today of a new green paper on work and health, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said:

25 October 2016

Learning and Work Institute responds to government apprenticeship announcement

Following the UK Government’s Supporting Apprenticeship Announcement today, Learning and Work Institute Chief Executive responds. Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said: “We are pleased to see that today’s government announcement on supporting...Read more »

19 October 2016

Learning and Work for care leavers in Wales and England

To mark the start of National Care Leavers’ Week, Learning and Work Institute is launching new ways to improve the chances for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers.

19 October 2016

Army approach could help Government halve disability employment gap, new report finds

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), the national armed forces charity, has called on the Department for Work and Pensions to fund an expansion of LifeWorks.  This award-winning employment support programme that has helped nearly 600 long-term...Read more »

14 October 2016

It’s time for an Apprentice Premium

Learning and Work Institute is today calling for affordable and achievable safeguards which would ensure high quality and accessible apprenticeships. Mirroring the Pupil Premium in schools, Learning and Work is today proposing an Apprentice Premium to...Read more »

7 October 2016

Apprenticeships and Traineeships on the up

Following the release of government figures showing more people than ever are taking advantage of apprenticeships and traineeships, with a further rise this year, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, commented: “It’s...Read more »

4 October 2016

Government plans to make the UK one of the most digitally skilled nations – Learning and Work Institute responds

Learning and Work Institute have today welcomed the UK Government’s new policy to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations by offering publicly-funded basic digital skills training free of charge to ‘adults in England...Read more »

30 September 2016

Learning and Work research calls for a new ‘what works’ offer in employment services

Government should develop an employment datalab and a new ‘what works’ offer to encourage innovation and learning in employment services, according to recommendations in new research from Learning and Work Institute.  

12 September 2016

New thinking needed to inspire adults to get back into learning

Today in Birmingham, The Festival of Learning Awards 2016 will showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that people, families, communities and employers can achieve through learning. The award-winning learners, tutors, projects and employers will receive well—deserved...Read more »

8 September 2016

Learning and Work Institute mark International Literacy Day

Learning and Work Institute is marking International Literacy Day today [September 8th, 2016] with a reminder on the importance of literacy in improving life chances. International Literacy Day, which was first proclaimed by UNESCO fifty years...Read more »

2 September 2016

UK lagging behind; learning and skills can tackle poverty and productivity

A report released today by Learning & Work Institute, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows how tackling skills gaps can help to reduce poverty and improve life chances and calls for urgent action to support millions of adults improve their English and Maths

16 August 2016

Research provides policy lesson ahead of post-Brexit job figures

Increasing the amount of job search that jobseekers do increases their chances of finding work and leaving benefit but delivering this under an intensive supervision model for up to 35 hours a week is not cost...Read more »

12 August 2016

Learning and Work responds to Apprenticeship funding announcements

Learning and Work Institute responds to today’s apprenticeship funding announcements from the Department for Education: The Department for Education has this morning published a series of documents providing more information on how the system...Read more »

1 August 2016

Pioneering prison learning pilot shows signs of success

A new curriculum trialled in three women’s prisons, led by the Learning and Work Institute, shows positive results and will be made available more widely.

26 July 2016

US inspired programme to boost housing tenant employment

Learning and work Institute launch a US inspired programme to boost employment amongst social housing tenants.

22 July 2016

Young adult carers need access to learning and employment.

Learning and Work Institute is calling for better access to learning and employment for young adult carers, responding to the Department of Health’s consultation on a new Carers Strategy.

New Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute
19 July 2016

New Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute

Stephen Evans will take over in September as CEO at Learning and Work Institute, following the departure of David Hughes who will become CEO at Association of Colleges. Stephen was chosen after a competitive open process...Read more »

A new chapter with a new Secretary of State
14 July 2016

A new chapter with a new Secretary of State

David Hughes responds to the appointment of Justine Green as Secretary of State for Education, with responsibility for futher and higher education; and apprenticeships. 

L&W response to disability apprenticeship recommendations
11 July 2016

L&W response to disability apprenticeship recommendations

David Hughes, Learning and Work Institute chief executive, responds to recommendations from Paul Maynard's taskforce on access to apprenticeships for those with disabilities. 

8 July 2016

Learning and Work Institute respond to Sainsbury Review and Skills Plan

The government has today (Friday 8 July) published the Post-16 Skills Plan and the findings of the Independent Panel on Technical Education led by Lord Sainsbury detailing bold reforms to technical education.  Proposals ranging from defined technical education...Read more »

6 July 2016

Learning and Work Institute respond to All Party Parliamentary Group report

Learning and Work Institute's Chief Executive David Hughes responds to All-Party Parliamentary Group report

6 June 2016

Breaking down barriers to learning and work for young adult carers – Carers Week 2016

To mark the start of Carers Week 2016, Learning and Work Institute is launching new resources developed through our successful 'WE Care' project to help build more carer friendly communities.

Learning and Work Institute looks for a new Chief Executive
26 May 2016

Learning and Work Institute looks for a new Chief Executive

The Learning and Work Institute Chief Executive, David Hughes, has been appointed Chief Executive at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Maggie Galliers CBE, Chair of Learning and Work Institute said: “David has skillfully led the Institute...Read more »

1.3 million young people spend 6 months out of education, employment and training
25 May 2016

1.3 million young people spend 6 months out of education, employment and training

Research published today in the ‘Youth Jobs Index’ by Impetus-PEF, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK, reveals an average of 1.3 million (17%1) 16 to 24 year olds spend 6 months out of...Read more »

Response to Coates Review of Prison Education
18 May 2016

Response to Coates Review of Prison Education

Learning and Work Institute responds to landmark review of Prison Education. 

17 May 2016

Learning and Work responds to HE White Paper

Response from David Hughes, chief executive at Learning and Work Institute, to the Government's HE White Paper 'Success as a Knowledge Economy' published 16 May 2016.

11 May 2016

Call for more action on in-work progression reinforced by DWP Committee

Learning and Work Institute responds to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee's report on In-work Progression in Universal Credit.

10 May 2016

Take part in this year’s festival of learning

Learning and Work Institute call for award nominations as deadline nears.

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