At its Annual General Meeting (AGM), NIACE members voted to accept changes that will pave the way for full merger with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI/Inclusion) and to becoming the Learning and Work Institute from 1 January 2016.
The Learning and Work Institute will strive for a fair society in which learning and work helps people realise their ambitions and potential throughout life. It will do this by researching what works, influencing policy and implementing new ways to improve people’s experiences of learning and employment.
CEO David Hughes said, “We have had a lively and productive debate about our future over the summer and culminating at the AGM today. With over 90 years’ history, NIACE is lucky to have members who care passionately that we maintain our long focus on adult education. They have also supported the great work we do with young people and families which is also critical to achieve our vision.”
“Merging with CESI/Inclusion brings a range of expertise and experience in the learning and development needed to support people to gain work and progress in their careers. The merger will enhance our ability to support more inclusive local communities and labour markets.”
Maggie Galliers, Chair of NIACE’s Company Board, said, “Throughout the summer we listened carefully to our stakeholders, members, partners, funders and staff - and the changes today reflect the hundreds of conversations we’ve had.”
“Our members are committed to ensuring the new Learning and Work Institute will follow in the traditions of its parent organisations and as a wider-reaching, stronger entity find even more ways to make learning and work count and improve the lives of millions.”
NIACE also published Lifelong Learning Counts - Impact Report for 2014/15, which highlights projects and the significant impact achieved across family learning, local skills engagement, youth employment, traineeships, apprenticeships, offender learning, young adult carers, European policy, campaigning and lobbying.”
Inclusion Chief Executive Dave Simmonds said, "Inclusion welcomes the decision of the NIACE membership to back the merger and the new name of 'Learning and Work Institute'. We're looking forward to 2016 and forging a new organisation based firmly on improving life opportunities for all."
David Hughes concluded, “The work we do makes an impact and what we stand for counts. It demonstrates that lifelong learning matters and that we can and do make a real difference. We remain focused on empowering people to realise their ambitions and potential at any age, in any setting, throughout life.”