Policy Solutions

Our policy solutions inform and influence policy makers. They also start a dialogue and generate discussions with our members and supporters. Our ideas foster debate and relationships within the learning, skills and employment sectors and beyond.
Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes
1 April 2019

Best practice in designing and delivering pre-apprenticeship programmes

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to be working in collaboration with J.P.Morgan to identify ways in which organisations can design and deliver pre-apprenticeship programmes, that provide a pathway to apprenticeships for young people, across Europe....Read more »

Skills Vision 2030: learning and skills for economic growth and social justice
11 March 2019

Skills Vision 2030: learning and skills for economic growth and social justice

The UK’s skills base has long lagged that of comparator countries and over the last decade the rate of improvement in the UK’s skills base has stalled. This is the result of cuts in public funding...Read more »

Social Metrics: Measuring the outcomes of non-accredited learning
5 March 2019

Social Metrics: Measuring the outcomes of non-accredited learning

This report sets out the results of work undertaken by L&W in 2017/18 to develop and test the use of social metrics in Adult Community Learning provision to capture a range of wider outcomes of learning. ...Read more »

Developing a Jobs-Plus model for the UK
10 January 2019

Developing a Jobs-Plus model for the UK

Over the last two years, we have worked with nineteen social landlords across Britain – brought together by Give us a Chance – to develop these proposals.  They build on the highly successful Jobs-Plus model implemented...Read more »

Young Adult Carers Employment Report
27 November 2018

Young Adult Carers Employment Report

This report presents the findings from research conducted by Learning and Work Institute on behalf of the Department for Education, which aimed to gather robust evidence on young adult carers’ barriers to employment. The research explored:...Read more »

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers
15 November 2018

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers

Young apprentices can be some of the most dedicated workers, bringing fresh perspectives and new skill sets into the workforce. They provide opportunities for employers to ‘grow their own’ and develop a crucial talent pipeline for...Read more »

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years
26 October 2018

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years

The National Health Service was always intended as part of a coordinated package of measures linked to inequalities in housing, welfare, work, and learning. However, over the past seventy years, as demands on the NHS have grown, policies for...Read more »

Decision making of adult learners
21 September 2018

Decision making of adult learners

The Department for Education (DfE) commissioned Learning and Work Institute (L&W), in partnership with Kantar, to undertake research to understand adults’ experiences of, and decisions about, learning. This report presents the findings from in-depth interviews with...Read more »

Employer engagement and capacity to support T Level industry placements
3 September 2018

Employer engagement and capacity to support T Level industry placements

IFF Research and Learning and Work Institute were commissioned by the Department for Education to better understand employers’ capacity and likelihood to offer T Level industry  placements. It also aimed to establish any challenges and barriers that employers may...Read more »

Supporting People with English Language Needs to Access Apprenticeships
19 July 2018

Supporting People with English Language Needs to Access Apprenticeships

A Guide for Employers, and Providers of ESOL and Apprenticeships Drawn from interviews with employers, ESOL providers and apprenticeship providers, this guide has been designed to raise awareness of ways in which ESOL learners can benefit...Read more »

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers
18 June 2018

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers

Learning and Work is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for young adult carers. Making the Transition to Adulthood: Framework and Resources for Young Adult Carers. Funded by the Department for Education, the...Read more »

All Change: Where next for apprenticeships?
4 June 2018

All Change: Where next for apprenticeships?

An 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 a generation and include the Apprenticeship Levy,...Read more »

22 February 2018

Exploring models for part-time and flexible apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a key government policy to support transition to the labour market, social mobility, economic growth and improved productivity. While evidence shows that the benefits to apprentices, to businesses and to our wider economy and...Read more »

20 November 2017

Apprentice Pay – Sticking to the Rules

This report presents the findings from our research and makes recommendations for improving employer awareness of and compliance with the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

15 March 2017

Three Million Apprenticeships – Building ladders of opportunity

Apprenticeships are a great way to combine learning and earning and meet employers’ skills needs. That is why they have a long history dating back several centuries, though today’s apprenticeships have a wider focus including on...Read more »

Local People Local Growth 31 January 2017

Local People: Local Growth

Since 2012, we have been at the forefront of calls for Government to devolve more resource and responsibility to cities and local areas. We argue that local areas should have a leading role in building better...Read more »

Three Million Careers 31 October 2016

Three Million Careers: Making the Apprenticeship Levy Work

The Government has a target of three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020, and is introducing an Apprenticeship Levy on the payroll of large employers to fund this increase and to encourage greater employer engagement...Read more »

Halving the Gap 31 July 2016

Halving the Gap: Making the Work and Health Programme work for disabled people

6.9 million people in the UK aged 16-64 have a long-term health condition or disability. This is equivalent to around one in six of the ‘working age’ population. However,while 80% of those who are not disabled...Read more »

Power to the people 1 July 2016

Power to the People: The case for Personal Learning Accounts

Learning is central to a fair and prosperous society. The links between learning throughout life and national prosperity, business success, societal cohesion, and individual opportunity and life chances are clear and well established. Learning helps you...Read more »

Close the Gap 1 April 2016

Close The Gap: The Learning and Work agenda for the next Mayor of London

London is one of the world’s truly great and iconic cities. It draws in people and ideas from around the world, offering unprecedented opportunity. It is a vital engine of the UK economy and a job...Read more »

Appentice Charter 1 September 2015

Apprentice Charter – High Quality, Better Outcomes

The government wants to see another 3 million apprentices by 2020, and that’s a vision that we can all buy in to. But to make that happen we need to make sure apprenticeships are a high...Read more »

1 April 2015

Ten Policies for Ten People

Ten Policies for Ten People outlines changes that NIACE and Inclusion would like the next Government to put in place in its first hundred days – changes that can make a real difference quickly to people’s...Read more »

Making Migration Work 1 March 2015

Making Migration Work

Our policy solution calling for urgent action to unlock the skills of migrants and UK residents.

1 February 2015

No Limits: From Getting By To Getting On

Britain faces a wages crisis, underpinned by low productivity. Britain’s social security system doesn’t support aspiration. Britain needs new support for people in work to progress. For the last seven years, people’s wages have risen more...Read more »

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