Research and Reports

Supporting Care Leavers in Further Education
14 March 2018

Supporting Care Leavers in Further Education

These resources are for colleges in England that want to review and improve their support for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers. They consist of four key parts: A guide for colleges which includes information about who...Read more »

Step Up Pilot key findings and reports
9 March 2018

Step Up Pilot key findings and reports

Trust for London, the Walcot Foundation and Learning and Work Institute (L&W) collaborated to design a pilot initiative, Step Up, trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work. ...Read more »

Understanding the under-representation of women in engineering apprenticeships
7 March 2018

Understanding the under-representation of women in engineering apprenticeships

Women are under-represented in many STEM areas, but within the engineering sector the gender imbalance is particularly stark. Just 9% of the current engineering workforce is female, contributing to wider gender pay inequalities and posing significant...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 »

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit
25 January 2018

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit provides staff with practical tips and resources to support young adult carers to make informed choices about learning and work. It also includes materials to support the professional development of...Read more »

Skills Escalator Report
8 December 2017

Skills Escalator Report

This report presents findings from our evaluation of the Skills Escalator pilot.  Commissioned by the West London Alliance, the Skills Escalator is an innovative pilot designed to support working people on low household incomes to gain...Read more »

Growing traineeship programmes
5 December 2017

Growing traineeship programmes

This resource has been written for traineeship providers who want to grow their traineeship programmes, and for providers who do not yet offer traineeships but who hope to do so in the future.

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.

Review of Impacts of Welfare Reform Report
14 November 2017

Review of Impacts of Welfare Reform Report

Commissioned by the Local Government Association, we worked with Policy in Practice to review the cumulative impact of welfare reform on people, communities and services.

Skills Audits for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Practitioner’s Manual
12 September 2017

Skills Audits for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Practitioner’s Manual

As part of ASSET UK, NIACE developed a manual for practitioners and programme managers in order to aid their understanding of the requirements, necessary knowledge and practical means to undertake skills audits with asylum seekers and...Read more »

Carer’s Allowance leaflets and posters
4 September 2017

Carer’s Allowance leaflets and posters

These posters and leaflets have been developed in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and members of the National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers. They are designed for learning providers and carers services...Read more »

Citizens’ Curriculum Coaching Guide
30 August 2017

Citizens’ Curriculum Coaching Guide

This resource offers practical guidance on how to use non-directive coaching techniques to support and add value to the Citizens’ Curriculum approach.  It will be particularly useful in supporting learners to develop a range of Citizens’...Read more »

Work Placements – a call for evidence
30 July 2017

Work Placements – a call for evidence

We were commissioned by DfE to work in partnership with Fair Train to conduct a call for evidence to understand what effective practice in work placements looks like

Best practice in designing and delivering Public Sector apprenticeship programmes case studies
25 July 2017

Best practice in designing and delivering Public Sector apprenticeship programmes case studies

Our case studies include examples of good practice and different approaches taken by a range of public sector organisations. In a hurry? Read the 2-page summaries below of the approaches being taken by public sector organisations....Read more »

Citizens’ Curriculum Participatory Resource Pack
13 July 2017

Citizens’ Curriculum Participatory Resource Pack

This resource, developed by L&W and EFA London, offers practical guidance on how to use participatory techniques to support and add value to the Citizens’ Curriculum approach. It focuses on language (English for Speakers of Other Languages...Read more »

Work Local – report to the LGA on options for devolving employment and skills
4 July 2017

Work Local – report to the LGA on options for devolving employment and skills

Learning and Work Institute was commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to explore the options for how modern, more integrated and localised public employment and skills services could be funded, designed and delivered.  This is...Read more »

Work Experience Programmes
12 June 2017

Work Experience Programmes

Work experience is widely viewed as an effective way to prepare young people and adults for employment. The 2014 Employer Perspectives Survey showed two thirds (66%) of employers rate work experience as being of critical or...Read more »

The RUBLE for Care Leavers: Staff guide
11 May 2017

The RUBLE for Care Leavers: Staff guide

This guide is provided as an accompaniment to The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning for Care Leavers (RUBLE) 2017.

The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning (RUBLE) for Care Leavers
11 May 2017

The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning (RUBLE) for Care Leavers

The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning for Care Leavers is for young adults (aged 16-25) in England who have recently left care, or are in the process of leaving care.

Employer guide to supporting care leavers in the workplace
11 May 2017

Employer guide to supporting care leavers in the workplace

The aim of this guide is to highlight ways in which employers of all sizes, and from all sectors of the economy, can make a difference in supporting care leavers to develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to gain, stay and progress in work.

Localised approaches to supporting care leavers
11 May 2017

Localised approaches to supporting care leavers

This report presents the findings of Learning and Work Institute’s research into localised approaches to supporting care leavers and looked after children.

Updated RARPA Guidance and Case Studies
11 April 2017

Updated RARPA Guidance and Case Studies

Guidance on Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) has been updated to support the expanding role of RARPA in quality assuring non-regulated provision under the Adult Education Budget.

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 »

Step-Up: Year One Learning Report
2 March 2017

Step-Up: Year One Learning Report

Our first interim report from the Step-Up evaluation brings together learning from the programme’s first year on engaging with and delivering services to low-paid workers

Ambition London: Making learning work
22 February 2017

Ambition London: Making learning work

Ambition London is Learning and Work Institute’s flagship programme supporting employers and individuals to meet their skills needs, making use of Advanced Learner Loans to support their learning. Funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, this high...Read more »

EAAL – European Agenda for Adult Learning
21 February 2017

EAAL – European Agenda for Adult Learning

As part of the programme of work co-funded by the European Commission and the UK government, we convened an international conference for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers interested in the impact of adult learning. The two day event...Read more »

Supporting Learners through the Advanced Learner Loans Service
21 February 2017

Supporting Learners through the Advanced Learner Loans Service

This report shows that we are fortunate in the further education sector to have scrupulous and high – integrity organisations who care about their learners. The support that colleges and independent providers offer to learners who...Read more »

Delivering local welfare
21 February 2017

Delivering local welfare

In April 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) abolished the Crisis Loan and Community Care Grant elements of the Social Fund and transferred the funding previously used to support these to upper tier local...Read more »

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