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External support crucial for young adult carers to develop educational paths
7 June 2016 by Guest Blogger

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 Guest Blogger

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 »

6 June 2016

Breaking down barriers to learning and work for young adult carers – Carers Week 2016

To mark the start of Carers Week 2016, Learning and Work Institute is launching new resources developed through our successful 'WE Care' project to help build more carer friendly communities.

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 »

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 »