Our thinking on current learning and skills issues, alongside contributions from leading voices across the sector and the political spectrum.

by Elizabeth Davies • on 28 Nov 2016

Bringing young people and employers together with What Employers Want

The What Employers Want programme provides the resources for practitioners to train and support unemployed young people to carry out face to face interviews with local employers, in order to help develop their understanding of what an ‘employable young person’ looks like from the perspective of the employer.

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by Dr Fiona Aldridge • on 23 Nov 2016

Maximising the life chances of young people

We all want to give our children and young people the best start in life – though in practice, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to do this.

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by Sarah Gore • on 03 Nov 2016

The benefits of learning spread well beyond the cohort of trainees

Forging a career in the museums and heritage sector has always been a bit of a tricky prospect.

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by Tony Wilson • on 03 Nov 2016

Government Green Paper is welcome – but after a decade of reforms we need to get this right

 “Preventing people from falling out of work because of ill health is always better than having to pick up the pieces afterwards.

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by Paul Bivand • on 31 Oct 2016

New information on labour market signals - commentary on 2016 earnings survey (ASHE) results

Employers signal information to potential recruits in a number of ways. Firstly, whether they are recruiting at all, and the methods they use to advertise jobs. Secondly, the pay offered.

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by Sean Hardy • on 31 Oct 2016

Give it a go - don't be afraid and don't give up

I have always wanted to learn new skills. I never wanted to be a couch potato and always wanted to go to work and enjoy my life. I knew that the only way to do that was to learn. 

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by Lesley Reece • on 25 Oct 2016

It might be scary but it really is worth doing

My learning journey began in January 2015 when I joined a jewellery making class with my daughter. 

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by Darren Davis • on 25 Oct 2016

What inspires me is the development of my learners and what they can set out to achieve

Achieving the award as the National Inspirational Tutor of the Year is such an honour and privilege.

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by Fiona Barrett • on 25 Oct 2016

Whatever your background, education or life story, it is never too late to learn

Not everyone shines at school. There can be many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the difficulty of those with neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD.

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