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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 »

2 December 2015 by Guest Blogger

Youth Employment Convention

A big thank you on behalf of Inclusion and NIACE to all the delegates, supporters, sponsors and speakers that attended our Youth Employment Convention last week. It was truly a day to share and engage with young people in finding more ways to inspire them into sustainable employment.

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?
26 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

Where are the 3 million apprenticeships going to come from?

Toni Pearce makes the case for further devolution to help the government reach the 3 million apprenticeship target. 

25 November 2015 by Alex Stevenson

Unlocking local talent through the Citizens’ Curriculum

Alex Stevenson explains how devolution has the potential to develop better adult learning opportunities that genuinely meet the needs of local residents, local communities and the local economy.

Responsive delivery of local skills could drive sustained growth
24 November 2015 by Andrew Carter

Responsive delivery of local skills could drive sustained growth

Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive of Centre for Cities, explains why skills funding matters to local economic growth. 

24 November 2015 by Rachel Marvin

In support of post punk politics

With devolution expected to be a big theme emanating from this week's Spending Review, Steve Muligan makes the case for Cities and Local Areas to be given a formal role in overseeing learning, skills and employment services.

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?
20 November 2015 by Stephen Evans

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?

This Wednesday’s Spending Review will set the framework for policy and debate for the next five years. We know it will include further cuts in public funding and that, with schools, health, defence and overseas aid...Read more »

19 November 2015 by Sarah Wait

MCA’s Community College responds to local learning needs

Sarah Wait, Community Lead Professional at Manchester Communication Academy, outlines how the Community College addressed the learning needs of over 1,600 local adults with provision continuing to grow.

17 November 2015 by Graham Hasting-Evans

Where are we all going?

As we approach the AoC’s annual conference in Birmingham the following question is uppermost in people’s minds, “Where are we all going?”. Graham Hasting-Evans MD at national awarding body NOCN reflects on what faces us all.

13 November 2015 by Megan Dunn

Women should have money on their minds when it comes to the gender pay gap

In our last of a series of blogs to mark this week's Equal Pay Day, Megan Dunn, National President of the NUS, argues that talking about money publicly is the only way to close the gender pay gap. 

The future of Community Learning
13 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

The future of Community Learning

Ahead of the Spending Review, NIACE's CEO, David Hughes, and Head of Family & Intergenerational Learning, Susannah Chambers, discuss the future of Community Learning.

10 November 2015 by Marylyn Haines-Evans

Addressing the needs of entire families can close the gender pay gap

The National Federation of Women's Institutes Vice-Chair, Marylyn Haines-Evans, argues that the needs of entire families need to be addressed to close the gender gap once and for all.   

We know what employers want, let’s get on and deliver it
10 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

We know what employers want, let’s get on and deliver it

There was disagreement at a joint BIS and DoE seminar this week with Cambridge Assessment’s Tim Coates saying that the CBI’s call for young people to be ‘work ready’ when they left school was ‘absurd’. The CBI stance was defended by Pearson’s Rod Bristow who said that the CBI wants ‘hard’ skills such as numeracy and literacy but also softer skills like leadership, communications and character traits like humility and integrity.

9 November 2015 by Jemima Olchawski

Know the facts to close the gap

Guest blog from the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning on gender equality, on actions to take to help close the gender pay gap.

9 November 2015 by Emma Mckay

What do Apprenticeships tell us about the gender pay gap?

Emma Mckay, Senior Policy Officer at the Young Women's Trust unpicks what Apprenticeships tell us about the gender pay gap. 
   

6 November 2015 by Connor Stevens

My Apprenticeship was my game changer

Connor Stevenson, 24, is currently completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship at Bolton College and working as an Apprentice Youth Worker for Raise the Youth Foundation in Bolton.

6 November 2015 by Alison Lyon

Community learning boosts mental health

Alison Lyon, Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning Service Manager, shares insight on a county-wide community learning scheme to boost mental health.

Inclusion and NIACE to become ‘Learning and Work Institute’ in 2016
5 November 2015 by Connor Stevens

Inclusion and NIACE to become ‘Learning and Work Institute’ in 2016

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, NIACE members voted to accept changes that will pave the way for full merger with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI/Inclusion) and to becoming the Learning and Work Institute from 1 January 2016.

4 November 2015 by Alex Stevenson

English, maths and ESOL for 21st Century Citizens

Following our annual English, maths and ESOL conference, Alex Stevenson explores whether we need a broader definition of 'Skills for Life' to reflect today's society. 

If our youth don’t thrive neither will the UK’s economy
4 November 2015 by Guest Blogger

If our youth don’t thrive neither will the UK’s economy

A report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission this week talks of the “worst ever decline in living standards for young people under 34”. Young people were particularly hard hit by the recession and things are recovering for them more slowly. A “perfect storm” of policies are impacting adversely on young people, including: a trebling of tuition fees leading to massive personal debt; the abolition of grants for poorer students and Housing Benefit for young people; out of reach housing prices and scarce social housing; youth services that have been slashed; a continuingly high youth unemployment and NEET rate (still over a million) and many young people in low-skilled jobs on precarious contracts. However, youth unemployment has fallen by half a million since its peak and continues to fall but the most disadvantaged still do poorly in particular the lowest qualified, disabled young people and young carers. White boys born in to poverty fare particularly badly with just 28.3% achieving five A-C grades at GCSE in 2012-13.

2 November 2015 by Marko Batarilo

A Moment in History

NIACE President, Nick Stuart sets out his thoughts on our proposed merger, ahead of our important Annual General Meeting on 4 November.

Consulting with stakeholders on our merger
30 October 2015 by Jade Marquis

Consulting with stakeholders on our merger

Since announcing our plans to merge with NIACE in July, we have been busy working with, and listening to, our staff, members, partners, funders and other stakeholders who are as passionate about lifelong learning and work as we are.

29 October 2015 by David Hughes

English, maths & ESOL in a devolved world

David Hughes examines the threats and opportunities for English, maths and ESOL funding ahead of the Spending Review. 

My journey from ‘care leaver’ to trainee solicitor at a top city law firm
26 October 2015 by Richele Bridge

My journey from ‘care leaver’ to trainee solicitor at a top city law firm

Twenty-six year old Richele lived in care until she was 17. For National Care Leavers’ Week, she’s sharing her journey to becoming a trainee solicitor, through sheer determination and dedication.

23 October 2015 by Steve Hawkins

Supporting disabled people is crucial to halving the disability employment gap

Pluss CEO, Steve Hawkins, responds to the recently published Work and Pensions Committee report on the Work Programme

22 October 2015 by Guest Blogger

Calling out dodgy apprenticeships shouldn’t detract from declines in adult learning

Toni Pearce, our head of employment and skills, takes on the issue of apprenticeship quality in light of a new report from Ofsted.

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