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31 October 2016 by Sean Hardy

Give it a go – don’t be afraid and don’t give up

I have always wanted to learn new skills. I never wanted to be a couch potato and always wanted to go to work and enjoy my life. I knew that the only way to do that was to learn. 

25 October 2016 by Lesley Reece

It might be scary but it really is worth doing

My learning journey began in January 2015 when I joined a jewellery making class with my daughter.  Previously I had not left the house alone for four years and signing up took all the...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Darren Davis

What inspires me is the development of my learners and what they can set out to achieve

Achieving the award as the National Inspirational Tutor of the Year is such an honour and privilege. There are so many tutors up and down the country that do an incredible job educating others and enhancing...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Fiona Barrett

Whatever your background, education or life story, it is never too late to learn

Not everyone shines at school. There can be many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the difficulty of those with neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD. Access to the world of employment, and...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Shane Chowen

Digital ambition realised? Not quite yet…

Learning and Work Institute's Head of Public Affairs blogs about the legislation being moved today which will enable adults to access free basic digital skills training. 

19 October 2016 by Emily Jones

Evaluating RBLI’s LifeWorks

Yesterday, I had the privilege of introducing the findings of L&W’s evaluation of the LifeWorks programme at its launch in the Houses of Parliament.

5 October 2016 by Rhian Short

An exciting and positive development for digital skills

The government have launched a new policy that seeks to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations, with “publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need...Read more »

2 August 2016 by Duncan Melville

The potential labour market impact of Brexit

The overwhelming consensus amongst economists, normally a fractious bunch, is that Brexit is expected to reduce GDP growth with adverse labour market consequences: lower wages and, or higher unemployment, in both the short and longer terms.

28 July 2016 by Emily Jones

Offenders “Get set for success”

Emily Jones blogs on Learning and Work Institute's new Get Set For Success curriculum 

27 July 2016 by Victoria Hogan

UK and Scottish governments working together to deliver welfare and work

Times are changing and, for the first time, the UK and Scottish Governments have joint responsibilities to the people of Scotland in terms of the delivery of benefits and helping those who face the toughest barriers to get back...Read more »

25 July 2016 by Mary Vine-Morris

Supporting individuals with careers, skills development and progression

Despite our new Prime Minister’s laudable sentiments it’s pretty hard to see how individuals will feel part of an economically prosperous and socially integrated society if they don’t have the opportunity to progress, to achieve and indeed exceed their expectations – for themselves and for their families.  That’s why AoC is behind Ambition London.

19 July 2016 by Tony Wilson

The Green Agenda

So after replacing the longest-serving Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb leaves office as its briefest incumbent.  It was only three months ago that we wrote about Crabb’s huge reform agenda and the...Read more »

19 July 2016 by Scott Parkin

Aliens Guide to Health and Work

I arrived at the Convention this year with a little trepidation. Contracts are coming to an end, funding is being reduced, more delivery is expected for less money, customer groups are more complex, their are less...Read more »

14 July 2016 by Kirsty McHugh

We need strong champions in an uncertain time

Well, hasn’t this been a weird period?  Probably one of the strangest that many of us will have experienced in our adult lives.  I know many of you will have been feeling rather discombobulated (yes, I...Read more »

13 July 2016 by Dr Jo Ingold, Paul Hughes, Chris Harrison

What works for employers: Bridging the gap between academia, policy and practice

Once again, the IntoWork Convention provided the platform for some thought-provoking debate and we’d like to thank the Learning & Work Institute for the opportunity to get involved.   Serco and Leeds University Business School teamed...Read more »

13 July 2016 by Raza Khan

The Brave New World of JobCentre Plus

Today I spoke at the IntoWork Convention about the Future of Jobcentre Plus, sharing some of the ideas Working Links has on how the service can continue to best serve its customers in its expanding role....Read more »

12 July 2016 by Nicola Aylward

Maximising the impact of Traineeships

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Debbie Sorkin

Blogs from the breakouts

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Graham Duxbury

The potential in local partnerships

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Bob Marsh

What works best for deaf customers?

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

12 July 2016 by Pat Russell

This is the moment for a change in narrative

Guest blogs from our IntoWork Convention 2016 partners.

8 July 2016 by Dr Jane Colechin

Joining up local support in preparation for Universal Credit: the evaluation of Universal Support delivered local trials

Senior Researcher Dr Jane Colechin blogs about Learning and Work Institute's evaluation of the Universal Support Delivered Locally Trials. 

28 June 2016 by Stephen Evans

Employment and skills after Brexit

Stephen Evans, Learning and Work deputy chief executive, takes a look at what the UK's decision to leave the European Union could mean for employment and skills.

14 June 2016 by Alex McCallum

Halving the Gap – Willing the ends but not the means?

How do we close the employment gap for those with a long term health conditions and impairments?  Alex McCallum reflects on a great Learning and Work Institute event

14 June 2016 by Ruth Marks

How volunteering helps us learn

As Volunteers Week draws to a close Ruth Marks, director of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, reflects on how volunteering and learning are closely linked. There are so many different ways to learn and develop new...Read more »

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths

My name is Daisy, I’m 18 years old. I live in Rugby and I care for my mum who has been diagnosed with several mental health conditions and now is also suffering from physical disabilities. My...Read more »

Determination played a big part in my success
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Determination played a big part in my success

Growing up as a young person with caring responsibilities I found over time that many of my plans had to be delayed or cancelled, and increasingly my social life in particular had to come second to...Read more »

Making even a small difference to someone’s life is so rewarding
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Making even a small difference to someone’s life is so rewarding

Malachi is my youngest brother; he is 8 years old. If you met Malachi, you’d think he was a normal 8 year old – he’s chirpy, he’s cheeky, he’s funny and quite the lady’s man –...Read more »

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it
7 June 2016 by Laina Knight

Being a carer isn’t a choice, but I wouldn’t change any of it

Most people see carers as people who look after physical disabilities but it is so much wider than this. Mental health and substance misuse is on the rise – what happens to the family members who...Read more »

24 May 2016 by Steve Hawkins

The step change needed to halve the disability employment gap

First the good news, then the maths. The good news is the government’s unequivocal commitment to halving the disability employment gap. Now the maths. To halve the gap means moving 1.2 million more disabled people in...Read more »