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European Vocational Skills Week

I’ve just come back from Brussels having attended the opening conference - Adult Skills Empowering People. The 2-day conference had a great buzzy feel, with representation from over 37 countries across Europe.

by Joyce Black on 08 Dec 2016

Family Learning is the Answer

At a recent meeting of the National Family Learning Forum a range of current issues and challenges were discussed.

by Cath Harcula on 08 Dec 2016

The sector pledges further support to the UK's greatest asset

The Skills and Apprenticeship Minister, Robert Halfon, was warmly received and kicked off the proceedings by throwing away his prepared speech and getting immediately to the point.

by Fran Parry on 07 Dec 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.

by Elizabeth Davies on 28 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. At this year’s Skills Show, I was struck by how many parents were desperately searching for information about the best options. Should their child go to college or university? And what about an apprenticeship? What career would best suit them? What skills are employers looking for? The Skills Show is a great place to find answers to some of these questions – though for some the breadth of options was clearly overwhelming.

by Dr Fiona Aldridge on 23 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.

by Sarah Gore 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. So we want to support people at every stage – from out of work to in work, from receiving treatment to self-managing a condition – to ensure they get the appropriate help and advice.”

by Tony Wilson on 03 Nov 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.

by Paul Bivand 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. 

by Sean Hardy on 31 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. 

Previously I had not left the house alone for four years and signing up took all the courage I had. It started when I had a nervous breakdown and I had to leave my job.

At first it was very difficult to go to the classes but with my daughter’s encouragement I persevered. What I soon discovered was a love of learning and when the course ended I enrolled on a pottery class. 

by Lesley Reece on 25 Oct 2016