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Apprenticeship Statistics: Our Response
12 July 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Apprenticeship Statistics: Our Response

In response to today’s apprenticeships statistics, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute said: “It is unsurprising that apprenticeship starts for 2018 are substantially lower than a year ago, given the spike in figures...Read more »

Parliamentary Reception celebrates Festival of Learning award winners
21 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Parliamentary Reception celebrates Festival of Learning award winners

The importance of lifelong learning was celebrated at the annual Festival of Learning Parliamentary Reception at Westminster this week. Skills Minister Anne Milton MP and Shadow Skills Minister Gordon Marsden MP addressed the event on Wednesday...Read more »

National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: Our Response
15 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: Our Response

Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research at Learning and Work Institute, comments on the recent National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: “Universal Credit remains a good idea in theory, but today’s report lays bare...Read more »

Apprenticeship and levy statistics release: Our Response
14 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Apprenticeship and levy statistics release: Our Response

In response to today’s publication of  the apprenticeship and levy statistics, our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans said: “It’s Groundhog Day for apprenticeships with numbers still well down, some 28% lower than by this time last year, greater falls in Level...Read more »

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers
13 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers

This week is Carers Week, when organisations across the country celebrate the hugely valuable contribution that carers of all ages make to our society. To mark this important campaign, Learning and Work Institute is pleased to...Read more »

Festival of Learning 2018 award winners are announced
12 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Festival of Learning 2018 award winners are announced

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to announce their Festival of Learning award winners for 2018.   Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. The national annual campaign, led by Learning and Work Institute and...Read more »

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education
11 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee have today published the report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education. Commenting on the report, Dr Fiona Aldridge of Learning and Work Institute said: Today’s...Read more »

Experts call for reforms as apprenticeship numbers fall
4 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Experts call for reforms as apprenticeship numbers fall

Learning and Work Institute has launched a new essay collection with leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure fair access to training. The Government’s apprenticeship reforms are the biggest in...Read more »

Have a go at learning something new this June
1 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Have a go at learning something new this June

Festival of Learning is encouraging everyone to learn something new, or re-connect with an old hobby or passion, this month. In June, hundreds of free learning activities take place across England, such as short taster sessions,...Read more »

New ESOL Local Partnerships Project
24 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

New ESOL Local Partnerships Project

Learning and Work Institute is pleased to be launching a new project on local English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) networks and partnerships. The work, commissioned by the Department for Education, will explore and develop...Read more »

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands
1 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands

Learning and Work Institute are pleased to be the regional ESOL co-ordinator for West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership. Local authorities supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in the West Midlands region are to benefit from...Read more »

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities
13 April 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities

Housing and employment charity, Give us a Chance (GUAC), Learning and Work Institute and New York-based social research organization, MDRC, have hosted their first real-time joint event. Delegates from New York City and London explored the...Read more »

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response
21 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute comments on the Government’s most recent publication on the characteristics of young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) for a year, 3 years after...Read more »

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response
14 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response

“English language skills are central to life and work so the Government is right to focus on better support for the 770,000 people who lack these skills. But we need to will the means as well as...Read more »

Spring Statement: Our Response
13 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Spring Statement: Our Response

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans responds to the Government’s Spring Statement: The Chancellor’s Statement is a case of short-term gain, long-term pain. There is relatively good news over the public finances and growth in the short-term,...Read more »

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment
8 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

HRH The Princess Royal helps to highlight the inequalities young adult carers face in education and employment

HRH The Princess Royal, Learning and Work Institute’s patron, attended last week’s Positive Transitions – Supporting Young Adult Carers in Learning and Work conference to help raise awareness of young adult carers’ needs and experiences. The...Read more »

Encouraging women into engineering apprenticeships would help the gender pay gap
8 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Encouraging women into engineering apprenticeships would help the gender pay gap

Learning and Work Institute and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation are calling for greater efforts to be made to encourage women and girls into engineering apprenticeships. Just 9% of the current engineering workforce in the UK is...Read more »

Learning and Work Institute and Hotcourses UK launch Festival of Learning’s Have a Go Month
1 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Learning and Work Institute and Hotcourses UK launch Festival of Learning’s Have a Go Month

Learning and Work Institute and campaign partner Hotcourses UK are calling on businesses, education providers and learning organisations to get involved with Festival of Learning 2018. Learning benefits not just the individual but also their families,...Read more »

Post-18 Education Review: Our Response
19 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Post-18 Education Review: Our Response

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of post-18 education, Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director at Learning and Work Institute: “While much of the media attention will be focused on university fees, we...Read more »

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our Response
8 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our Response

We welcome the Government’s response to the Taylor Review on modern employment practices. We were pleased that the Business Under-Secretary Andrew Griffiths reiterated that the Government wants the creation of quality jobs, not just a large...Read more »

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?
6 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy">Roisin Sheehy

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?

Throughout Europe apprenticeships provide a crucial entry point to the world of work for young people. However, too many young people are missing out because they need support to bridge the gap from compulsory education or...Read more »

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