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22 January 2013

More needs to be done for mature and part-time students

NIACE welcomes the emphasis on improving the student experience and ensuring that student choice is informed by better public information, in the annual grant letter from BIS to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

15 January 2013

Initial NIACE response to Traineeships

NIACE welcomes the establishment of a comprehensive programme of pre-Apprenticeship and employment Traineeships, but hopes that the content is as supportive and expansive to the needs of the individual as possible.

OBE for NIACE’s Development and Research Director
2 January 2013

OBE for NIACE’s Development and Research Director

NIACE’s Director for Development and Research, Carol Taylor, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to adult learning.

NIACE response to Skills for Life Survey full report
13 December 2012

NIACE response to Skills for Life Survey full report

NIACE has responded to the findings of The 2011 Skills for Life Survey: A Survey of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT Levels in England, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Supporting skills acquisition on the Work Programme
11 December 2012

Supporting skills acquisition on the Work Programme

A new guide to encourage and support more Work Programme providers to offer skills provision to their participants has been published by NIACE today.

6 December 2012

NIACE response to Skills Funding Statement

NIACE has responded to the Skills Funding Strategy, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

3 December 2012

Response to consultation on ESOL qualifications

NIACE welcomes Ofqual’s Consultation on ESOL Qualifications overall, but has some serious concerns regarding several of the proposals.

27 November 2012

Too many learners not getting the quality they deserve

Responding to the publication of Sir Michael Wilshaw’s first Chief Inspector’s Annual Report for Ofsted, NIACE is concerned that too many learners are not getting the level of quality and support that they deserve.

27 November 2012

NIACE response to Richard Review of Apprenticeships

NIACE welcomes the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, in particular the statement that 'an apprenticeship is a form of education', but feels there is not enough emphasis on the role of apprentices in determining curriculum, scope, delivery, assessment and improvements in quality.

23 November 2012

Funding for functional skills ‘to be doubled’

NIACE warmly welcomes the news that the funding for adult English and maths functional skills, and for English and maths within an Apprenticeship will be doubled, as announced by the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock.

21 November 2012

NIACE response to Minister’s statement on qualifications

NIACE welcomes the announcement on qualifications, made by the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, on Tuesday 20 November, in his speech to the Association of Colleges Annual Conference.      

16 November 2012

Older people’s learning is changing: new survey from NIACE

Older people’s learning has undergone many changes over the past seven years according to new research published by NIACE on Monday 19 November.

12 November 2012

Learning mirrors pay rise boost to happiness

Learning a language or brushing up on your maths skills in your spare time can boost your life satisfaction in the same way as a £750 a year pay rise, according to new research from BIS.

6 November 2012

NIACE welcomes House of Commons Apprenticeships report

NIACE welcomes the publication of the Apprenticeships report published today by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.

NIACE initial response to Heseltine Review
31 October 2012

NIACE initial response to Heseltine Review

NIACE welcomes Lord Heseltine's review - No stone unturned in pursuit of growth - as a powerful argument for a new approach to stimulating economic growth and for a rebalancing of responsibilities between local and central government in England.

NIACE responds to final report of FE professionalism review
23 October 2012

NIACE responds to final report of FE professionalism review

NIACE has responded to the final report of the independent review panel - Professionalism in Further Education - published on 23 October 2012. One of the outcomes from Lord Lingfield's review is the creation of a Guild that will give more autonomy to the sector.

19 October 2012

Supporting more older people into learning

NIACE and Age UK joined forces to explore better ways of supporting older people into learning, at a conference hosted by BT in London, on Friday 19 October 2012.

11 October 2012

NALS reports fall in learner numbers

NIACE has responded to the publication of BIS's National Adult Learner Survey 2010, which shows the lowest level of adult participation in learning ever recorded in the NALS series.

17 September 2012

NIACE submission to review of apprenticeships

NIACE has outlined five key statements in its submission to the Doug Richard Review on the Future of Apprenticeships in England.

10 September 2012

NIACE response to Ofqual review of ESOL qualifications

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual), has published its first ever consultation on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications, welcomed by NIACE.

Women’s Right to Literacy
6 September 2012

Women’s Right to Literacy

The right that all women have to access literacy learning across the world is the theme of an initiative spearheaded by NIACE and the Literacy Working Group.

22 August 2012

Funding secured for innovative community learning

97 organisations from across England, out of a total of 2215 applications, have secured funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer new and innovative community learning opportunities to adults and families as part of the Community Learning Innovation Fund.

NIACE submits evidence on proposed Universal Credit regulations
30 July 2012

NIACE submits evidence on proposed Universal Credit regulations

NIACE has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations, which closed on 27 July 2012.

Mid-life career review – NIACE proposals endorsed
18 July 2012

Mid-life career review – NIACE proposals endorsed

NIACE proposals for a mid-life career review were endorsed in parliament on 17 July, by the Minister for Skills, John Hayes, during a debate about FE Loans.

12 July 2012

NIACE response to support package for loans in FE

NIACE welcomes the Government's announcement of a package of support measures to address some of the concerns about the introduction of advanced learning loans for adults aged 24 and over in further education from next year.

NIACE submits Right to Choice consultation response
22 June 2012

NIACE submits Right to Choice consultation response

NIACE has outlined its concerns about the proposed legislation to enshrine the Right to Choice in law, in its response to the Government's consultation, which closed on 22 June.

21 June 2012

More action needed on FE loans following impact assessments

NIACE has three main concerns and has also identified four key questions that need to be answered as critical parts of the implementation of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

NIACE welcomes new LEAFEA Chair and Vice-Chair
21 June 2012

NIACE welcomes new LEAFEA Chair and Vice-Chair

NIACE warmly welcomes the election of Ian Forward as the new Chair of LEAFEA, the network of local authority lead officers for Adult and Community Learning.

19 June 2012

Valuing the impact of adult learning

Participating in part-time adult learning courses has significantly positive effects on individual well-being according to a new research approach examining the economic and social effects of part-time adult learning for NIACE, The SROI Network and the Local Government Association.

NIACE welcomes outcomes from latest Ofsted consultation
31 May 2012

NIACE welcomes outcomes from latest Ofsted consultation

NIACE welcomes three of the outcomes from the latest Ofsted consultation, A Good Education for All, published on Wednesday 30 May 2012.

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