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Festival of Learning announces shortlisted award nominees for 2019
20 March 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Festival of Learning announces shortlisted award nominees for 2019

Learning and Work Institute has announced its shortlisted Festival of Learning award nominees for 2019. The shortlisted nominees are: Alex Thomas, City Lit Ashleigh Emmason, Bolton College Charlotte Curran, Lancashire Adult Learning Construction Skills Training Programme,...Read more »

New Inquiry: Creating a vision for FE and skills in England
15 March 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

New Inquiry: Creating a vision for FE and skills in England

Along with Policy Connect and the Skills Commission, Learning and Work Institute has launched a collaborative inquiry into the further education and skills system in England. The inquiry, which is grant funded by the Further Education...Read more »

Time for action: the UK must act now to improve skills or risk falling further behind in the world
11 March 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Time for action: the UK must act now to improve skills or risk falling further behind in the world

Learning and skills play a central role in driving economic growth, promoting social justice and supporting inclusive communities. However, the UK’s skills base has long lagged that of comparator countries and over the last decade the...Read more »

Our response to the NAO statement on apprenticeships
6 March 2019 by Rhian Short

Our response to the NAO statement on apprenticeships

Following the release of the National Audit Office statement on the apprenticeships programme, Stephen Evans, chief executive, Learning and Work Institute, said: “The best apprenticeships are world-leading, but the National Audit Office is right to raise...Read more »

New support for ESOL practitioners
20 December 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

New support for ESOL practitioners

ESOL practitioners and others working to support ESOL learners at pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 are set to benefit from a new project commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation.  Delivered by Learning and...Read more »

New deputy directors appointed
5 December 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

New deputy directors appointed

Learning and Work Institute today announced the appointment of new senior staff as it strengthens its team focused on boosting policy and practice in learning, skills and employment. Two new Deputy Directors of Research and Development...Read more »

2019 Festival of Learning award nominations now open
13 November 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

2019 Festival of Learning award nominations now open

Festival of Learning Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of adult learners and aim to inspire others to discover how learning can benefit them, their families and communities. From today, 13 November 2018, Learning and Work Institute...Read more »

The Education Select Committee on Value for Money in Higher Education: Our Response
5 November 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

The Education Select Committee on Value for Money in Higher Education: Our Response

Today’s report from the Education Select Committee on Value for Money in Higher Education places a welcome focus on the need for greater flexibility within the higher education offer. It rightly recognises that the ‘one size fits...Read more »

Budget 2018 – our response
29 October 2018 by Rhian Short

Budget 2018 – our response

In response to today’s budget, Dr Fiona Aldridge, interim director of policy and research at Learning and Work Institute said: Greater investment in further education will need to wait until next year’s Spending Review – we...Read more »

Millennials and baby-boomers agree that education and work can help them keep healthy, report shows
26 October 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Millennials and baby-boomers agree that education and work can help them keep healthy, report shows

Not everyone feels investment in hospitals and medical services is the best way to spend the billions of pounds devoted to healthcare, says a new poll of 3,000 adults. To mark the 70th birthday of the...Read more »

Too many young people missing out on education and employment in opportunity ‘cold spots’ across England, report shows  
24 October 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Too many young people missing out on education and employment in opportunity ‘cold spots’ across England, report shows  

England’s six million young people stay in education for longer than previous generations, and most find their feet in the world of work. But too many still miss out, with more than one in ten 16-24-year olds not in education, employment or...Read more »

Family learning in prisons toolkit now available
19 October 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Family learning in prisons toolkit now available

Family ties have long been acknowledged as important to offender rehabilitation, and Lord Farmer’s 2017 review named families as the ‘golden thread’ running through the new approach to reducing reoffending. The 2017 review focused attention on...Read more »

New resources to support care leavers into learning and work to be published next year
3 October 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

New resources to support care leavers into learning and work to be published next year

More than 70,000 children and young people across England are in care, recent data shows. And this number has been on the rise since 2008. When moving to independent living and engaging with further education, employment...Read more »

Apprenticeship statistics release September 2018: Our Response
13 September 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Apprenticeship statistics release September 2018: Our Response

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute: “The latest apprenticeship statistics appear to show a new ‘steady state’ of apprenticeship starts of around 20-30,000 per month. This is much lower than before the introduction of...Read more »

Apprenticeship Statistics: Our Response
12 July 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Apprenticeship Statistics: Our Response

In response to today’s apprenticeships statistics, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute said: “It is unsurprising that apprenticeship starts for 2018 are substantially lower than a year ago, given the spike in figures...Read more »

Parliamentary Reception celebrates Festival of Learning award winners
21 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Parliamentary Reception celebrates Festival of Learning award winners

The importance of lifelong learning was celebrated at the annual Festival of Learning Parliamentary Reception at Westminster this week. Skills Minister Anne Milton MP and Shadow Skills Minister Gordon Marsden MP addressed the event on Wednesday...Read more »

National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: Our Response
15 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: Our Response

Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research at Learning and Work Institute, comments on the recent National Audit Office report on Universal Credit: “Universal Credit remains a good idea in theory, but today’s report lays bare...Read more »

Apprenticeship and levy statistics release: Our Response
14 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Apprenticeship and levy statistics release: Our Response

In response to today’s publication of  the apprenticeship and levy statistics, our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans said: “It’s Groundhog Day for apprenticeships with numbers still well down, some 28% lower than by this time last year, greater falls in Level...Read more »

Making the transition to adulthood: framework and resources for young adult carers
13 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Making the transition to adulthood: framework and resources for young adult carers

This week is Carers Week, when organisations across the country celebrate the hugely valuable contribution that carers of all ages make to our society. To mark this important campaign, Learning and Work Institute is pleased to...Read more »

Festival of Learning 2018 award winners are announced
12 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Festival of Learning 2018 award winners are announced

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to announce their Festival of Learning award winners for 2018.   Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. The national annual campaign, led by Learning and Work Institute and...Read more »

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education
11 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee have today published the report of their Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education. Commenting on the report, Dr Fiona Aldridge of Learning and Work Institute said: Today’s...Read more »

Experts call for reforms as apprenticeship numbers fall
4 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Experts call for reforms as apprenticeship numbers fall

Learning and Work Institute has launched a new essay collection with leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure fair access to training. The Government’s apprenticeship reforms are the biggest in...Read more »

Have a go at learning something new this June
1 June 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Have a go at learning something new this June

Festival of Learning is encouraging everyone to learn something new, or re-connect with an old hobby or passion, this month. In June, hundreds of free learning activities take place across England, such as short taster sessions,...Read more »

New ESOL Local Partnerships Project
24 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

New ESOL Local Partnerships Project

Learning and Work Institute is pleased to be launching a new project on local English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) networks and partnerships. The work, commissioned by the Department for Education, will explore and develop...Read more »

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands
1 May 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Enhanced ESOL Co-ordination in the West Midlands

Learning and Work Institute are pleased to be the regional ESOL co-ordinator for West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership. Local authorities supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in the West Midlands region are to benefit from...Read more »

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities
13 April 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Cross-Atlantic event explores unemployment and social deprivation challenges and opportunities

Housing and employment charity, Give us a Chance (GUAC), Learning and Work Institute and New York-based social research organization, MDRC, have hosted their first real-time joint event. Delegates from New York City and London explored the...Read more »

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response
21 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Characteristics of young people who are long-term NEET: Our Response

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute comments on the Government’s most recent publication on the characteristics of young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) for a year, 3 years after...Read more »

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response
14 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response

“English language skills are central to life and work so the Government is right to focus on better support for the 770,000 people who lack these skills. But we need to will the means as well as...Read more »

Better Work Network will help Londoners improve their careers and earnings
13 March 2018 by Rhian Short

Better Work Network will help Londoners improve their careers and earnings

Low pay and the quality of work are problems for many people living in the capital but a new network launched by Learning and Work Institute plans to find the best ways of tackling this. With...Read more »

Spring Statement: Our Response
13 March 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Spring Statement: Our Response

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans responds to the Government’s Spring Statement: The Chancellor’s Statement is a case of short-term gain, long-term pain. There is relatively good news over the public finances and growth in the short-term,...Read more »

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