Guest Blogger blog posts



The sobering reality and growing significance of low-paid and insecure work
17 October 2019 by Guest Blogger

The sobering reality and growing significance of low-paid and insecure work

Since our launch, the Better Work Network has grown rapidly to include over 260 members. The high levels of interest in our work reflect the sobering reality of the growing significance of the issues of low...Read more »

Supporting ESOL in prisons
12 September 2019 by Guest Blogger

Supporting ESOL in prisons

For many people in the criminal justice system who do not have English as their first language, the experience of prison can be doubly debilitating. The Prison within a Prison report by The Bell Foundation concludes...Read more »

Our finance apprentice shares his story #FireItUp
2 September 2019 by Guest Blogger

Our finance apprentice shares his story #FireItUp

I’m Mason and I am the new finance apprentice at Learning and Work Institute. I have only been at L&W a few weeks, but in my short time here, I am really enjoying gaining valuable skills...Read more »

E&S19: Inclusion, safety and equal work environments – collaborating on positive opportunities for all
23 July 2019 by Guest Blogger

E&S19: Inclusion, safety and equal work environments – collaborating on positive opportunities for all

What a great opportunity to hear from key note speakers Angela Rayner MP and Baroness Buscombe at Learning and Work Institute’s Employment and Skills Convention! I attended the breakout session ‘Tackling the Disability Employment Gap’ which...Read more »

E&S19: Why employers should care about the ageing workforce – and what they should do about it.
23 July 2019 by Guest Blogger

E&S19: Why employers should care about the ageing workforce – and what they should do about it.

Robots and Brexit are the two phenomena most commonly talked about when people discuss the future of work and the workplace. But there is a third major change coming to the world of work, that everyone...Read more »

E&S19: the rising tide of poverty
11 July 2019 by Guest Blogger

E&S19: the rising tide of poverty

We all know that work should be a reliable route out of poverty. It isn’t right that over 4 million workers have been caught up in the rising tide of poverty; but we can turn the...Read more »

E&S19: Where next for apprenticeships?
10 July 2019 by Guest Blogger

E&S19: Where next for apprenticeships?

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) believes that apprenticeships can drive improvements in workforce productivity at all levels.  The programme should also be a vehicle for social justice.  Other key stakeholders feel the same,...Read more »

In-work support: A provider’s perspective
24 June 2019 by Guest Blogger

In-work support: A provider’s perspective

While successive governments have touted ‘work as the best route out of poverty’, the rising tide of working poor across the UK tells another story. The growth in high risk, low remuneration jobs – typified by...Read more »

SkillHUBS – pioneering in prison education reform
29 May 2019 by Guest Blogger

SkillHUBS – pioneering in prison education reform

Over the last few years, much has been said about the need for reform in prison education (e.g., the Coates Review, 2016). The logic is that educated inmates are more likely to gain employment and lead...Read more »

Stepping up: supporting individuals to progress out of low pay
11 October 2018 by Guest Blogger

Stepping up: supporting individuals to progress out of low pay

The motivation behind Step Up was simple – to stay true to our charitable mission! Walcot Foundation has made grants for the relief of poverty in Lambeth for more than 350 years but Step Up is...Read more »

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?

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