Guest Blogger blog posts



Universal Credit and the Work and Health Programme: stories from the frontline
27 July 2018 by Guest Blogger

Universal Credit and the Work and Health Programme: stories from the frontline

Policy in Practice was invited to host a session on how Universal Credit is supporting people into work at the Employment and Skills Convention 2018. Policy in Practice’s Benefit and Budgeting Calculator helps people on the...Read more »

Future skills and being uniquely human
17 July 2018 by Guest Blogger

Future skills and being uniquely human

We all agree that the world of work is changing. As technology continues to disrupt the way we work and AI replaces manual jobs more and more emphasis will be placed on developing those skills that...Read more »

Moving up or moving out: skills for getting unstuck
17 July 2018 by Guest Blogger

Moving up or moving out: skills for getting unstuck

Last week I spoke on a panel at the Employment and Skills Convention 2018. The debate, entitled ‘Moving up or moving out: skills for getting unstuck’, was apposite because – perhaps now more than ever – having a...Read more »

Escaping in-work poverty: who needs to do what to support progression?
11 July 2018 by Guest Blogger

Escaping in-work poverty: who needs to do what to support progression?

Work should provide a route out of poverty, but in our country, eight million people in poverty live in a working household. Families with children are the most likely to be locked in poverty despite being...Read more »

“It is hit and miss what you get on Universal Credit”
25 June 2018 by Guest Blogger

“It is hit and miss what you get on Universal Credit”

“It is hit and miss what you get on Universal Credit,” says Elaine, single mum to a seven year old, as she tries to manage her family finances. Elaine is one of a growing number of...Read more »

Closing the Opportunity Divide
19 June 2018 by Guest Blogger

Closing the Opportunity Divide

Recently the newspapers heralded the ‘record high’ number of people in work in the UK, as the unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, the lowest it has been since records began.[1] While, of course, this is a...Read more »

Can greater access to learning opportunities for young adult carers help combat social inequality?
15 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

Can greater access to learning opportunities for young adult carers help combat social inequality?

The Positive Transitions—Supporting Young Adult Carers in Learning and Work conference provided ample opportunity for rich conversation amongst it’s attendees. While the highlight of the event was the notable presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Learning...Read more »

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance
15 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

We are sacrificing our education and future for the short-term help of the Carer’s Allowance

Hello, my name is Lucy Prentice, I am 20 years old and a full-time carer for my mother.  I have been a carer since the age of 11 when my mother suffered a raptured brain aneurysm. ...Read more »

For me, and any carer, flexibility and support is a very important part of working and learning
9 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

For me, and any carer, flexibility and support is a very important part of working and learning

Apprenticeships are a key government policy to support transition to the labour market, social mobility, economic growth and improved productivity. While evidence shows that the benefits to apprentices, to businesses and to our wider economy and...Read more »

Guest blog: Apprenticeships at Together Housing
7 March 2018 by Guest Blogger

Guest blog: Apprenticeships at Together Housing

When I got into housing, 40 years ago, it was a different environment to the one we have today.  There were only a few Housing Associations, a reducing private rented sector and the main alternative to...Read more »

Little people matter too
1 December 2017 by Guest Blogger

Little people matter too

As far as I know Victor Hugo never wrote an apprentice into the story of Les Miserables but whilst I was reading Apprentice Pay – sticking to the rules I couldn’t help humming a few lines...Read more »

Fixing Universal Credit – where to start?
10 November 2017 by Guest Blogger

Fixing Universal Credit – where to start?

A couple of weeks ago, on this blog, Tony Wilson argued that it was “time to pause UC…slow down and be prepared to change course”. He raised the issues of slow processing times for Universal Credit...Read more »

Inspired to achieve – Care Leavers Week special blog
27 October 2017 by Guest Blogger

Inspired to achieve – Care Leavers Week special blog

My name is Sam. I was a care leaver in 2011 who arrived on the shores of Swansea – then the beloved Swansea Metropolitan, to study Education (and transition to become a Primary School Teacher). The...Read more »

Education moves you forward – Care Leavers Week special blog
25 October 2017 by Guest Blogger

Education moves you forward – Care Leavers Week special blog

My name is Habib Rezaie. I came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2006 at the age of 16, as an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child. At age 12 I lost both of my parents and went through...Read more »

IntoWork17 blog: Social justice for all must start with the most excluded
11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Social justice for all must start with the most excluded

By Sam Thomas, Policy manager at Making Every Adult Matter www.meam.org.uk For many people experiencing multiple needs, moving towards work is an important ambition. Achieving social justice requires a focus on those with the furthest to...Read more »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Think local: A new approach to over 50s employment support

An estimated one million people aged over 50 in the UK are involuntarily out of work.  Currently, employment support is not serving these people well – they are more likely to be workless, and more likely...Read more »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.

To everyone’s relief and possibly to some’s disappointment, no Charleston dance moves or party hats were involved in this session. The limelight was on Steps Ahead Mentoring, a volunteering programme run by the CIPD, that aims...Read more »

11 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Using data to investigate the causes and consequences of poverty for Londoners

Policy in Practice is tracking the changing living standards on more than 444,000 low income households across London. At IntoWork 2017 Deven Ghelani told delegates how, by combining housing benefit and council tax support data from...Read more »

7 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 Blog: What does social justice for all look like?

By Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust We often hear the term “social justice” bandied about by politicians, but what does it actually mean, and what does it look like? Too often it means a...Read more »

7 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 Blog: Collaboration: Working Together Work

By Sally Ross, Community Engagement Officer – Magenta Living “We really need to work together on this…” How often do you have a conversation about collaborating but never get beyond that statement of good intentions?

6 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Connecting education, employment and skills

Tees Valley Combined Authority has been presenting at the Into Work Convention with a highly positive and and constructive session that looked at the gap between education and skills and how we can go about addressing...Read more »

6 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: A critical point for devolution of employment support in Scotland

By Michael McElhinney, Head of Employability programme – Scottish Government. In Scotland we are using devolved powers to deliver employment support that meets the policy aims of Scottish Ministers, deliver more co-ordinated and aligned employment support...Read more »

5 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Shifting direction to reduce the disability employment – and pay gaps

By  Liz Sayce, from former CEO of Disability Rights UK It’s vital to reduce not only the disability employment gap – important as that is – but also the disability PAY gap. Disabled people in work are paid...Read more »

5 July 2017 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork17 blog: Stepping stones, not ladders

By Jane Mansour “Take back control” has been a rallying call of the last two years, as focus has turned to areas that have been ‘left behind’ by globalization. The impact of changes in the labour...Read more »

9 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Five Ways to Make Your Festival of Learning Nomination a Winner

Are you thinking of submitting a Festival of Learning nomination for the first time this year? Or have you nominated in the past, but your nominees are never shortlisted? We’ve put together a guide of what...Read more »

8 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Budget 2017: Tax Reform

The Budget announced that National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from the self-employed will rise from 9% to 10% from 2018 and 11% from 2019. This reduces the gap between NICs paid by employees (12%) and the self-employed....Read more »

7 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

Being bold doesn’t take as much effort as you think

I have to admit – feminism scares me. So, when I was asked to write this blog I went to open my underwear drawer to light a match to my best bra and then paused.  Reconsidering,...Read more »

2 March 2017 by Guest Blogger

All people are equal but learning empowers the individual

My childhood was spent in the rural areas of Tiaz, Yemen. I migrated to England in 2005 at the age of 15 years old to live with my grandparents for a safer life and brighter future....Read more »

29 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Good Morning, Europe!

When I think about why it’s important to learn from our colleagues in Europe, one thing springs to mind.  Mornings.  It doesn’t matter how much passion I have for work, learning or life I‘ve never been...Read more »

5 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Improving Transitions

The launch of the OECD report: Building Skills for All has highlighted improving transitions into the workplace as a key priority area to support young people to be successful in the labour market. In the UK,...Read more »

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