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“Youth Matters” continue to dominate headlines in run-up to Youth Employment Convention
20 October 2015 by Connor Stevens

“Youth Matters” continue to dominate headlines in run-up to Youth Employment Convention

“Youth matters” continue to take centre stage in the press this week due to the release of a number of research studies, written from a variety of different policy and political angles.

A Call For Investment In Community Learning
16 October 2015 by Guest Blogger

A Call For Investment In Community Learning

Susannah Chambers discusses in her vlog the positive contributions and valuable skills Community Learning can bring to learners and society. Underpinning research evidence is presented to support the call for there to be national investment in...Read more »

12 October 2015 by Guest Blogger

Widening access is the only way to meet the 3 million apprenticeship target

Toni Pearce shares three proposals to help government meet its 3 million apprenticeship target. 

12 October 2015 by Beth Gardner

Making the most of work experience

Chief Executive of Fair Train, Beth Gardner, marks the start of Work Experience Week by sharing practical advice for creating rewarding opportunities for young people and employers alike.

2 October 2015 by Guest Blogger

Quality and access remain crucial for apprenticeships

On the final day of the Apprenticeship Levy consultation, Toni Pearce explores how the Levy will work in practice and stresses the need for quality and access.

1 October 2015 by Alex Stevenson

ESOL and Citizenship: The End of an Era?

Alex Stevenson explores the latest policy changes to ESOL and Citizenship.

Welfare-to-Work Programmes: No easy jobseekers, no easy answers
30 September 2015 by Mark Cosens

Welfare-to-Work Programmes: No easy jobseekers, no easy answers

The personal views of Mark Cosens MA MIEP @MarkCosens, who works for Inspire 2 Independence (i2i).

29 September 2015 by David Hughes

Quantity through quality

David Hughes reflects on the four key issues that emerged from the apprenticeship debate at the NIACE and AoC fringe event during today's Labour Party conference.

Plans to devolve the Work Programme stimulate wide-ranging debate at Scottish convention
24 September 2015 by Guest Blogger

Plans to devolve the Work Programme stimulate wide-ranging debate at Scottish convention

Matthew Crighton, Inclusion Associate and Content Director, on Employabilty and Skills Scotland Convention 2015 The main question running throughout the Scottish convention was how the opportunity provided by the devolution of employment programmes might...Read more »

22 September 2015 by Joyce Black

#EULearning – Reflections on the last 3 years

Joyce Black reflects back on NIACE's role in the European Agenda for Adult Learning as part of our #EUlearning series.

21 September 2015 by Steve Hawkins

Halving the disability gap

Steve Hawkins, CEO of Pluss, outlines the tailored support people will need if the Government is serious about its plans to halve the disability employment gap. 

17 September 2015 by Nicola Aylward

Employers are from Mars, Young People are from Venus…

Nicola Aylward explains how our 'What Employers Want' project can provide support for young people who are looking for employment, following on from the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference held in London on 10-11 September 2015 as part of our #EUlearning series.

16 September 2015 by Alex Stevenson

Making an impact through the Citizens’ Curriculum

Alex Stevenson discusses how a Citizens' Curriculum can make a positive impact on adult learning following on from the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference that was held in London 10th-11th September 2015 as part of our #EUlearning series. 

Is the UK maximising its Family Learning potential?
15 September 2015 by Guest Blogger

Is the UK maximising its Family Learning potential?

A retrospective vlog following on from the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference held in London on 10-11 September 2015 as part of our #EUlearning series.

14 September 2015 by David Hughes

The impact on me

David Hughes reflects back on the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference that was held in London 10th-11th September 2015 as part of our series of #EUlearning blogs.

11 September 2015 by Dr Fiona Aldridge

Are randomised control trials into learning the answer?

Dr Fiona Aldridge discusses Tim Harford’s keynote speech and the benefits of randomised control trials (RCTs) in our series of blogs as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference being held in London 10th-11th September 2015 #EUlearning 

11 September 2015 by Guest Blogger

Thinking about impact

Jan Eldred posts on the importance of impact in our series of blogs as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference being held in London 10th-11th September 2015 #EUlearning

8 September 2015 by Rhian Short

An inclusive digital future?

Susan Easton posts the second in a series of blogs on the future of digital skills as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference being held in London 10th-11th September 2015 #EUlearning

7 September 2015 by Guest Blogger

Is it really the economy, stupid?

Mark Ravenhall posts the first of a series of blogs as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Conference being held in London 10th-11th September 2015. #EUlearning

21 August 2015 by David Hughes

What can the apprenticeship levy do for apprentices?

David Hughes puts Apprenticeship quality central to funding debate.

20 August 2015 by Guest Blogger

The role of parents and carers in better GCSEs

On GCSE results day, Susannah Chambers, argues that the Pupil Premium could be used to introduce family learning programmes in all schools, transforming the prospects of adults and children across the country.

Could a National Standard for PSD address concerns about employability skills?
20 August 2015 by Guest Blogger

Could a National Standard for PSD address concerns about employability skills?

NIACE's Head of Pre-employment Skills argues that national standard and more effective identification of PSD needs could transform the work and life outcomes for huge numbers of learners.

5 August 2015 by Professor Stephen

Learning can help people respond positively to the challenges of ageing

NIACE Research Associate, Professor Stephen McNair, writes about our latest policy paper exploring the positive effects of learning on older people's lives and how it can help tackle the challenges of ageing.

IntoWork 2015: A reflection
28 July 2015 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork 2015: A reflection

A legacy lasting more than 16 years – laying its foundations in the elevation of employment, skills, health and career progression, has now led to the beginning of a new journey bridging Inclusion and NIACE together in a partnership that will revive confidence back into the employment industry.

IntoWork Convention 2015
28 July 2015 by Guest Blogger

IntoWork Convention 2015

The IntoWork Convention 2015 brought together a wide variety of people involved in helping people find work, keep work and progress in work. Over two days engaging debates and discussion promoted learning about current and future challenges to the sector.

24 July 2015 by Guest Blogger

NIACE and Inclusion to merge

NIACE and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) have announced today their intention to become one organisation. The announcement, made at the IntoWork Convention, follows the success of the two organisations’ Strategic Alliance which was announced in February this year.

IntoWork 2015: An overview
22 July 2015 by Connor Stevens

IntoWork 2015: An overview

The 2015 IntoWork Convention began with the announcement from Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive at Inclusion that, building upon the strategic alliance formed between Inclusion and NIACE earlier this year, a full merger will now take place and 2016 will mark the creation of a new organisation. An organisation which will champion employment, skills and learning for all and that shall continue to deliver a high standard of relevant and practical research and policy development, providing real benefit to people, employers and the economy.

Keynote Speech: Dave Simmonds OBE, CEO of Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion, IntoWork Convention 2015
20 July 2015 by Julia Thanh

Keynote Speech: Dave Simmonds OBE, CEO of Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion, IntoWork Convention 2015

Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, delivered the following speech to the IntoWork Convention on 14 July 2015.  I want to start by paying tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone working to help unemployed people find work – improving opportunity, improving lives. It’s a sad fact that you often get little thanks. The media is always ready to have a go, claimants are fearful, and the push for performance is relentless. We should recognise more, and value more, all those who are on the front-line, trying to make this country more inclusive – providing a safety net when one is needed and opening doors to new opportunity. So to all front-line staff wherever they work – a round of applause.

17 July 2015 by Sir Alan Tuckett OBE

Brian Groombridge was an extraordinary and imaginative adult educator

Following the sad passing of Brian Groombridge, former NIACE Chief Executive, Alan Tuckett, remembers him as an extraordinary adult educator, colleague and mentor.   
 

Welfare Reform and benefit take-up
6 July 2015 by Paul Bivand

Welfare Reform and benefit take-up

Dan Finn analyses the figures DWP published on benefit take-up - after a gap of three years. After a break of three years the DWP finally published take-up estimates for most means-tested benefits. They were released on the same day as the child poverty data and received less attention than usual. HMRC’s pre-Xmas release of tax credit take-up also attracted little attention.

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