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19 May 2016 by Cerys Furlong

Five things the Welsh Government could achieve in the fifth Assembly term

Inspired by the excellent Daran Hill’s analysis and advice for each political party in the coming weeks, months and years, I seem to be able to only think in fives.  This Assembly term will be crucial to...Read more »

What’s needed to reform prison education?
19 May 2016 by David Hughes

What’s needed to reform prison education?

Learning and Work's chief executive, David Hughes, examines the funding and delivery reforms needed to deliver true reform to prison education. 

18 May 2016 by Rachel Marvin

What the Queen’s Speech means for Learning and Work

Steve Mulligan, Learning and Work's assistant director, policy and public affairs, summarises key legislation announced from today's Queen's Speech. 

16 May 2016 by Teresa Chalmers

Pledge to nominate: How Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge won an award and you could too!

As nominations for this year’s Festival of Learning close this Friday, Teresa Chambers, Executive Director of Employment and Skills at  Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), reflects on the incredible journey they have been on since receiving last year’s covered President’s Award for their Humber Skills Pledge Project.

5 May 2016 by David Hughes

“Are we fetishising co-location?”

“Are we fetishising co-location?” asked Karen Buck, MP and member of the DWP Select Committee. I was watching the evidence session live yesterday morning because Tony Wilson, Learning and Work’s Policy and Research Director, was giving...Read more »

15 April 2016 by David Hughes

Four things the next London Mayor can do for Learning and Skills

Learning and Work Institute's Chief Executive David Hughes blogs about the history of learning and skills in London, our roundtable discussion and four outcomes that could impact learning and employment for Londoners.

11 April 2016 by Tony Wilson

All change? Eight things that Stephen Crabb may (or may not) say tomorrow

Tomorrow, Stephen Crabb will give his maiden speech as Secretary of State.  So, where should he start?  Here’s eight things that he may (or may not) say:

6 April 2016 by Ruth Spellman

Showcasing the social impact of learning

As Festival of Learning award nominations open, WEA CEO Ruth Spellman blogs on why the awards inspire learners and inspire her.

22 March 2016 by Tony Wilson

No more welfare cuts? Unless the cap doesn’t fit.

The announcement by Stephen Crabb yesterday that there are no plans for further welfare cuts is welcome.  However it is already being called into question, and it is easy to see why: because the government had...Read more »

21 March 2016 by Stephen Evans

Welfare cuts are not the same as welfare reform

Deputy CEO Stephen Evans blogs on the difference between welfare cuts and welfare reform, posing four key questions Stephen Crabb needs to answer

17 March 2016 by Nick Humfrey

Part-time apprenticeships tap into amazing talent hidden in our communities

To round off National Apprenticeship Week, Camden Council’s Nick Humfrey blogs for Learning and Work Institute on why we need more flexible apprenticeships and the impact they can have on parents.

7 March 2016 by Adele Tilley

International Women’s Day 2016

Adele Tilley won the Adult Learners' Week Patrons Award in 2015 from HRH Princess Royal. Today, International Women's Day 2016, Adele opens up about how returning to learning has completely changed her life; from escaping an abusive relationships six years ago, to imminently finishing a Masters Degree.

3 March 2016 by Stephen Evans

The road to full employment

Learning and Work's deputy chief executive Stephen Evans responds toThe Resolution Foundation's new report on achieving full employment.

29 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Good Morning, Europe!

When I think about why it’s important to learn from our colleagues in Europe, one thing springs to mind.  Mornings.  It doesn’t matter how much passion I have for work, learning or life I‘ve never been...Read more »

25 February 2016 by Stephen Evans

How we’re helping to boost living standards

The ongoing crunch in living standards, the rollout of Universal Credit, rise in in-work poverty. All of these make providing better support to tackle low pay more essential. Cities and providers across the country are starting...Read more »

19 February 2016 by Colin Davies

The Work and Health Programme – How innovative will delivery be?

In this special guest blog, Publicco's Colin Davies takes an in-depth look at the issues which could promote and inhibit innovative practice in the Work and Health Programme.

17 February 2016 by David Hughes

Can the UK achieve good living standards and inclusive growth?

Learning and Work's chief executive David Hughes reflects on the Resolution Foundation's annual audit of living standards in the UK which was published earlier this week.

16 February 2016 by Alex Stevenson

Why basic skills without employer support just isn’t cricket

I’m quite possibly the only person in the country who associates beating Australia at cricket with delivering workplace basic skills.   Like most England cricket fans, I can remember exactly where I was when England won the...Read more »

9 February 2016 by Stephen Evans

Chance to change: the case (and plan) for prison reform

This week I attended the event where the Prime Minister gave a thoughtful speech of prison reform. There’s lots to welcome and more to do. Here’s five things you need to know about what he said....Read more »

5 February 2016 by Guest Blogger

Improving Transitions

The launch of the OECD report: Building Skills for All has highlighted improving transitions into the workplace as a key priority area to support young people to be successful in the labour market. In the UK,...Read more »

3 February 2016 by Emily Jones

Using evidence to support adult learning

The OECD’s report, Building Skills for All: A Review of England, provides another reality check on the millions of adults who have low basic skills. An estimated 9 million adults aged 16-65 have low literacy or numeracy...Read more »

2 February 2016 by Nicola Aylward

‘Equity in education requires early intervention’ – impact and challenges of low literacy and numeracy levels amongst young people in England

Last week the OECD published its latest report into literacy and numeracy skills. Building Skills for All: A Review of England provides shocking evidence of poor basic skills levels amongst young people in England.  The report...Read more »

28 January 2016 by Guest Blogger

Tell us about inclusive apprenticeships

The government has made a commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020. As numbers increase, it is vital access is widened so that no one who is able to undertake an apprenticeship is prevented from doing...Read more »

22 January 2016 by David Hughes

Helping Government reforms achieve high quality apprenticeships

At our roundtable with Policy Exchange yesterday, the Skills Minister, Nick Boles, set out a thorough and clear set of reforms he is driving forward to ensure that the 3million apprenticeship target is met through high quality. ...Read more »

20 January 2016 by Stephen Evans

The next frontiers of welfare reform

Frank Field was asked by Tony Blair in 1997 to think the unthinkable on welfare reform. Although a minister for just over a year (it turned out the unthinkable really was unthinkable), he has continued to...Read more »

15 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Local people, local growth

Recognising the critical importance of the devolution agenda, we decided that the first major policy report of Learning and Work Institute would focus on the key role that local areas can play in joining up employment, learning and skills interventions to unleash local talent, to tackle employment and skills challenges, and to deliver inclusive growth. 

14 January 2016 by Cerys Furlong

Further Education at the Heart of a New Vision for Education, Skills and Employment

Learning and Work Cymru director Cerys Furlong reflects on the publication of the Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education in Wales report and considers the role and purpose of high quality vocational education as part of the education and skills landscape.

14 January 2016 by Shane Chowen

HE grants shift could hurt mature students and deserves full debate

This morning, a small group of MPs forming a committee you've probably never heard of will vote through regulations which deliver some of the changes to higher education student finance.

11 January 2016 by David Hughes

Welcome to the Learning and Work Institute

Welcome to Learning and Work Institute. We’re a new organisation built on the solid foundations of NIACE and Inclusion, two organisations with longstanding success and impact.   Learning and Work Institute will operate across the learning,...Read more »

11 January 2016 by Rachel Marvin

Mind the Gap

London is a dynamic, vibrant economy, but one in five people earn less than the London Living Wage. At the same time, as the capital’s economy grows, more and more employers are reporting skills gaps and...Read more »

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