There is no shortage of headlines in LEP land at the moment. Some in local government were writing the obituaries of LEPs before Christmas but recent events seem to suggest a “re-birth” now in the offing.
When I was at school, aged 17, trying to make decisions about going on to university or leaving and finding work, there was little offered in the way of careers advice or support, and times were much more buoyant then.
Column originally published in the Local Government Chronicle on 10 March 2014. Three significant learning and skills developments will impact significantly on local economic regeneration. Latest participation data from the Skills Funding...Read more »
Guest blog from young adult carer, Matt, as part of NIACE’s WE Care project, which is exploring the support young adult carers require to make successful transitions into learning and work.
On Wednesday 5th March at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, NIACE introduced the new Adult Learner Ambassadors to a group of sector and business leaders. One of those Ambassadors, Amanda Scales, who went from a belly dancing class, to an Access course, to university and is now a teacher, made the following speech…
Booktrust has released two fascinating pieces of research today, linked to reading for pleasure. The first, carried out by DJS Research, is a national survey of reading habits amongst adults. It looks at who reads, how...Read more »
A guest blog from young adult carer, Carina, as part of NIACE’s WE Care project, which is exploring the support young adult carers require to make successful transitions into learning and work.
The Government’s recent Skills Funding Statement 2013-2016 refers to the plan for implementing a consultation on the technical details of the Apprenticeship funding system later this spring.
Last night I was privileged to attend a reception hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, to promote the benefits and value of careers to girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEM).
You may have come across a recent article in the Guardian on the parliamentary inquiry that will look into concerns and grievances that remain after Gurkhas were granted the right to settle in the UK in 2009.
With Government policy clearly stating that ESOL provision is expected to support learners’ progression to Functional Skills, it’s perhaps worth taking a few moments to reflect on what this entails.
The Government’s new cross departmental strategy to support young people leaving care was published yesterday.
As the OECD’s Adult Skills Survey itself says, it’s hardly surprising that foreign language immigrants have lower proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.
Like many of you I’m sure, I haven’t had the chance to give anything like the considered detail the 466 pages of the full report of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills deserves.
This morning FE Week published a story about their concerns over loans being accessed for ‘leisure’ courses and in particular for Horticulture courses at Bicton College in Devon. Their argument is that loans should ‘be prioritised for adults wanting to go to university, into work or to do an apprenticeship’.
PIAAC – you may have heard the word and wondered what it was. It stands for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences. It’s an international survey attempting to assess and compare the basic...Read more »