Rachel Marvin blog posts



18 May 2016 by Rachel Marvin

What the Queen’s Speech means for Learning and Work

Steve Mulligan, Learning and Work's assistant director, policy and public affairs, summarises key legislation announced from today's Queen's Speech. 

15 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Local people, local growth

Recognising the critical importance of the devolution agenda, we decided that the first major policy report of Learning and Work Institute would focus on the key role that local areas can play in joining up employment, learning and skills interventions to unleash local talent, to tackle employment and skills challenges, and to deliver inclusive growth. 

11 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Mind the Gap

London is a dynamic, vibrant economy, but one in five people earn less than the London Living Wage. At the same time, as the capital’s economy grows, more and more employers are reporting skills gaps and...Read more »

24 November 2015 by Rachel Marvin

In support of post punk politics

With devolution expected to be a big theme emanating from this week's Spending Review, Steve Muligan makes the case for Cities and Local Areas to be given a formal role in overseeing learning, skills and employment services.

7 May 2015 by Rachel Marvin

Time to ensure older people gain the digital skills they need

In the next in our series of blogs on the Ten Policies for Ten People, Steve Mulligan explains how the Government can deliver a programme of Training to support Older People and carers to rapidly gain the skills they need to access online services.

28 April 2015 by Rachel Marvin

Time to grasp the opportunities of migration

Steve Mulligan stresses why urgent action is essential in the first 100 days of the next Government to unlock the skills of migrants - and other UK residents - to ensure we meet the needs of business and create greater community cohesion.

14 April 2015 by Rachel Marvin

Can the Greens deliver ‘The Common Good’?

The Green Party of presented a number of policies for the learning and skills sector to applaud in their General Election manifesto. But, as Steve Mulligan discusses, are their proposals too ambitious to make it into a coalition agreement?

Great progress but the real work starts now
8 October 2014 by Rachel Marvin

Great progress but the real work starts now

We leave the Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow with renewed vigour, as the curtain falls on the 2014 Party Conference season. Overall, it’s been a positive week, with great evidence that NIACE’s Manifesto is gaining good...Read more »

What does ‘more’ mean during an extended period of austerity?
2 October 2014 by Rachel Marvin

What does ‘more’ mean during an extended period of austerity?

Personally, I love the buzz of Party Conferences – they’re noisy, busy, cramped and there are always too many things going on at once and many fascinating discussions to be had during the long days. The downside is they’re amongst the worse places on earth to actually concentrate and think – which is scary, as it’s usually where I am when I’m asked to quickly formulate a sensible view on a brand new policy I’ve never heard of before.

Miliband’s missing words and why they matter
24 September 2014 by Rachel Marvin

Miliband’s missing words and why they matter

Many column inches have been expended since it was revealed that the speech delivered by Ed Miliband on Tuesday was not the one he originally intended to give. Before you switch off – I can assure...Read more »

MPs endorse NIACE’s manifesto during adult learning debate
4 September 2014 by Rachel Marvin

MPs endorse NIACE’s manifesto during adult learning debate

Just a few days into my new role as Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs, I’m very pleased to pen my first blog at NIACE. It’s also a great opportunity to note my delight at...Read more »

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