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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 »

What’s in a name?
10 October 2019 by Mark Ravenhall

What’s in a name?

Does our job title determine our access to staff development? asks Mark Ravenhall Last week, a mini debate emerged on Twitter about how we refer to people working in adult education. ‘Staff and volunteers’, or just...Read more »

Bringing Europe together to better support the adult learning workforce
1 October 2019 by Mark Ravenhall

Bringing Europe together to better support the adult learning workforce

When it comes to adult learning, European nations have more in common than not. Right across the EU, and in Brussels, policymakers know adult education is a good thing, and that it needs supporting. They are...Read more »

‘New to ESOL’ resources can support learners progress and achieve their ambitions
24 September 2019 by Jess Elmore

‘New to ESOL’ resources can support learners progress and achieve their ambitions

The start of a new academic year seems a good time to reflect on our recent project ‘New to ESOL’ and the resources we developed. I was really happy to be involved with this project and...Read more »

Helping young adult carers on their pathway to independence
16 September 2019 by Nicola Aylward

Helping young adult carers on their pathway to independence

For young adult carers, the publication of the Carer’s Action Plan in June 2018 brought several things to celebrate. It was the first time that the needs of this group of young people had been addressed...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 question remains: why care about prison education?
16 July 2019 by Lesley Reece

E&S19: The question remains: why care about prison education?

SkillHUBS is a three-year Erasmus + funded transnational project which aims to improve prison education across the EU through an innovative model for teaching and learning. This model is specifically designed for the prison environment and...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 »

The drive for better work: tackling the causes and consequences of in-work poverty
20 June 2019 by Connor Stevens

The drive for better work: tackling the causes and consequences of in-work poverty

The UK is currently experiencing a sustained period of labour market success. Unemployment is at its lowest level in over 40 years at 3.8%, and employment is at a record high at 76.1%. Yet, the experience...Read more »

Does political uncertainty mean the Augar Review will be kicked into the long grass?
6 June 2019 by Stephen Evans

Does political uncertainty mean the Augar Review will be kicked into the long grass?

As featured on FE News. A lot of the headlines about the Augar Review foccused on higher education. Commissioned by Theresa May to look at post-18 education, the review confirmed its long-trailed recommendation that tuition fees...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 »

Why we need to do more to support pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL
9 January 2019 by Alex Stevenson

Why we need to do more to support pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL

There’s nothing more likely to provoke debate amongst ESOL practitioners than ‘pre-Entry’ ESOL.  It’s challenging even to agree what classes at the very beginning of learning English should be called.  Some object that ‘pre-Entry’ refers to...Read more »

Carers Rights Day 2018: caring for the future of young adult carers
29 November 2018 by Charlotte Robey

Carers Rights Day 2018: caring for the future of young adult carers

Today is Carers Rights Day, an important campaign which aims to raise awareness of the needs and rights of carers. This year’s theme, ‘caring for your future’, emphasises the difference that having the right information at...Read more »

While participation in adult learning is in decline, Festival of Learning aims to show that barriers can be overcome through its award winners’ stories
19 November 2018 by Corin Egglestone

While participation in adult learning is in decline, Festival of Learning aims to show that barriers can be overcome through its award winners’ stories

For the last twenty years, Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has run an annual survey to gauge the level of adult participation in learning. Year-on-year, roughly two fifths of adults say that they are participating in...Read more »

Celebrating great pre-apprenticeship programmes this EU Vocational Skills Week
7 November 2018 by Seana Friel

Celebrating great pre-apprenticeship programmes this EU Vocational Skills Week

It’s European Vocational Skills Week this week, a good time to reflect on our knowledge exchange event on Tuesday 30 October 2018. This event was a fundamental stage in a project we are delivering with the...Read more »

Learning, work and health: six big challenges for the next 70 years of the NHS
26 October 2018 by Joyce Black

Learning, work and health: six big challenges for the next 70 years of the NHS

This year the National Health Service celebrated its 70th birthday. There is no question that the overall health of the population in England has improved greatly over the last 7 decades, but we must also recognise...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 »

Bold steps are needed to ensure all apprenticeships are ladders of opportunity
8 October 2018 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Bold steps are needed to ensure all apprenticeships are ladders of opportunity

The ‘package of reforms to boost apprenticeships’ announced at the Conservative party conference last week, was greeted by some as mere tinkering around the edges – offering little more than an extension to the proportion of...Read more »

Better Work Network: Working together to tackle low pay and in-work poverty
6 September 2018 by Connor Stevens

Better Work Network: Working together to tackle low pay and in-work poverty

Data from the 2017 London Poverty Profile paints a mixed picture for Londoners. Whilst employment participation has steadily improved across the capital – 73% of the working-age population now in employment – other indicators tell a...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 »

Revolution! Can we build a system that helps everyone?
21 June 2018 by Kirsty McHugh

Revolution! Can we build a system that helps everyone?

When offering to write a blog on how to fix the entire system, some of my team thought me mad.  Surely designing a system that works for everybody is akin to promising world peace – inherently...Read more »

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