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Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills
18 October 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills

Normally, I’d rather watch an outstanding learner testimony to the impact of learning to read and write than delve into the 19+ English and maths participation statistics, but the most recent figures are compelling. Only not...Read more »

Are participation and achievement the same thing?
18 October 2017 by Mark Ravenhall

Are participation and achievement the same thing?

Last week’s further education statistics provided some thoughtful reading.  As a researcher who reads a lot of adult educational statistical reports from across Europe, I’m always impressed by the amount of statistical analysis we go into...Read more »

Apprenticeships Starts – The numbers behind the headlines
13 October 2017 by Paul Bivand

Apprenticeships Starts – The numbers behind the headlines

Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s apprenticeships data has made headlines for the wrong reasons – with 70,000 fewer people starting apprentices this summer compared with last summer.  As Stephen Evans said in his blog yesterday, it is too early...Read more »

Improving progressions from traineeships
13 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

Improving progressions from traineeships

Data published this week show a dramatic fall in publicly funded adult learning. Headlines across the sector are focussing on the 61% drop in apprenticeship starts following the introduction of the Levy, but underneath this are...Read more »

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning
12 October 2017 by Stephen Evans

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning

The word disastrous is overused. But it feels apt when looking at the latest data on participation in learning by adults. Let’s start at the beginning. There are reports going back at least 200 years that...Read more »

Ethnicity & skills: figuring out the challenges, unlocking solutions
10 October 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Ethnicity & skills: figuring out the challenges, unlocking solutions

Launching the new Ethnicity Facts and Figures website today, Theresa May has challenged us all to ‘explain or change’ how people from different backgrounds are treated. Though the Prime Minister acknowledges that “People who have lived...Read more »

Universal Credit – why we need to stop, now
2 October 2017 by Tony Wilson

Universal Credit – why we need to stop, now

There are times when it can be hard to know where to start. With the debate on Universal Credit (UC) reaching a fever pitch in the run up to the Conservative conference this week, this feels...Read more »

Making the most of the public sector target
25 July 2017 by Elizabeth Davies

Making the most of the public sector target

Delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020 is a key priority for the Government and the Public Sector Target was established to ensure that the public sector is a model employer in this regard, leading by example...Read more »

In-work progression: understanding what works
16 July 2017 by Kathryn Ray

In-work progression: understanding what works

The publication of the landmark Taylor review last week heralds a welcome focus on the quality of work as well as the number of people participating in the labour market.  This shift in focus is vital to...Read more »

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work
14 July 2017 by Tony Wilson

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work

This week’s labour market statistics offered some rare good news for the government – with employment reaching new record levels and the unemployment rate touching a forty-year low.  The new Secretary of State, David Gauke, has...Read more »

Matching flexibility in work in the skills system
14 July 2017 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Matching flexibility in work in the skills system

The UK has one of the most flexible labour markets in the world. Self employment is rising, as is part time working, and developments in technology have facilitated new business models and innovative forms of working...Read more »

Finding a way forward for part-time and flexible apprenticeships
12 July 2017 by Liz Davies

Finding a way forward for part-time and flexible apprenticeships

L&W welcomes the release of the Taylor Review of modern working practices, and while there is much of note in the report, we are pleased it specifically discusses recent changes that allow apprenticeships to be completed...Read more »

Cause for optimism following The Taylor Review
11 July 2017 by Dave Hagendyk

Cause for optimism following The Taylor Review

Whatever your political persuasion, The Taylor Review was probably always destined to disappoint some people in some way.  The response from the trade union movement in particular underlines the challenge it has had to bridge the gap...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 »

10 July 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Supporting Syrian Refugee Resettlement with ESOL

If you were impelled by war, civil unrest or persecution to flee your home and seek refuge abroad, what kinds of support would you need to help you resettle and re-build your life in a new...Read more »

7 July 2017 by Liz Davies

IntoWork17 Blog: Making sense of the data and practice for inclusive apprenticeships

After a great IntoWork 2017, I arrived back at my desk to slightly more emails than expected, with 31 reports published by the DfE on Thursday (including L&W’s Work Placements: Call for Evidence report) and the...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 »

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning
15 June 2017 by Paul Stanistreet

Guest blog: The case for investing in family learning

Paul Stanistreet, Learning &Work Associate, blogs at https://thelearningage.wordpress.com/, where an earlier version of this post appeared. As the repercussions of last week’s general election emerge and an embattled Prime Minister reviews her manifesto promises in the...Read more »

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017
12 June 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017

Today is the beginning of Carers Week 2017, which this year is focussed on building carer-friendly communities. Learning and Work Institute has long worked to support learning providers and employers to be more young adult carer-friendly....Read more »

19 May 2017 by Natalie Wilson

Five Reasons to get involved with Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ Month

Every year Festival of Learning encourages organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to discover the benefits of learning and to inspire them to take their first steps into education since school. Here’s our...Read more »

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18 May 2017 by Stephen Evans

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto

To govern is to choose. There’s lots to welcome in the Conservative manifesto, including backing for our campaign for a successor to European structural funds. But we need more investment and reform for ordinary working families...Read more »

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto
16 May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the...Read more »