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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 »

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 »

Universal Credit: today’s report is shocking but not surprising – now we need to fix it
15 June 2018 by Tony Wilson

Universal Credit: today’s report is shocking but not surprising – now we need to fix it

Universal Credit remains a good idea in theory.  Back in the summer of 2010, the government set out its vision: a simpler benefits system, with modern payment systems, fewer ‘cliff edges’ around housing, work and childcare,...Read more »

The new cross-government action plan for carers
13 June 2018 by Nicola Aylward

The new cross-government action plan for carers

Last week the Department of Health and Social Care published its new cross-government action plan for carers. Two years ago, L&W, and many other organisations responded to the Department’s call for evidence, to inform a new...Read more »

One year on: what’s happening with the Apprenticeship Levy?
6 April 2018 by Stephen Evans

One year on: what’s happening with the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy is now one year old. That’s long enough to gain some insight into its effects, though too early to make a full judgment. Some argue that large drops in apprenticeship starts are evidence...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 »

Stepping up: learning ‘what works’ to progress low paid workers
13 March 2018 by Hannah Murphy

Stepping up: learning ‘what works’ to progress low paid workers

While there is much to celebrate about the record high rates of employment, an increasing amount of attention is being paid to the types of employment that people are in. And rightly so, as people in...Read more »

Why it’s time to think differently about Entry Level English and maths
12 March 2018 by Alex Stevenson

Why it’s time to think differently about Entry Level English and maths

Blink and you may have missed it, but recently the Department for Education published a long-awaited (well, by me, anyway) longitudinal research study into adult English and maths.  We face a huge national challenge when it...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 »

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

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