No Limits: From Getting By To Getting On

Our ground-breaking Policy Solution proposes a new National Advancement Service to help people, especially those earning ‘below the living wage’, boost their earnings and career prospects.

Living standards are set to be a key battleground for May’s General Election. Debate has focused on how to increase the National Minimum Wage and help people get on the housing ladder. But less attention has been focused on how to help people climb the career ladder.

NIACE believes a National Advancement Service could bridge this gap, helping 500,000 families by 2020 and cutting child poverty by 150,000. It would offer:

  • A service open to everyone in low paid work in receipt of tax credits or Universal Credit.
  • A free Career Check and online support, alongside personalised support from a Career Coach and Personal Career Account.
  • Work with employers to boost their business and create more opportunities for people to progress.
  • A localised service managed by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and cities.
  • A cost neutral service – funded by refocusing £100m of existing budgets from the National Careers Service and Adult Skills Budget.