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2020 Festival of Learning award nominations now open
7 November 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

2020 Festival of Learning award nominations now open

Learning and Work Institute has opened nominations for its 2020 Festival of Learning awards. The annual awards, which began in 1992, recognise the outstanding achievements of adult learners, tutors, employers and learning projects, and aim to...Read more »

Urgent action needed to fix apprenticeship levy and prevent ‘creeping rationing’ of training post-Brexit 
25 October 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Urgent action needed to fix apprenticeship levy and prevent ‘creeping rationing’ of training post-Brexit 

Government must urgently reform the apprenticeship levy and provide additional funding to prevent the loss of up to 75,000 apprenticeships at SMEs, according to new research from a leading research institute.   New data uncovered by Learning and Work Institute shows the assumptions...Read more »

UK risks falling behind post-Brexit as new survey shows number of adults improving their skills has fallen to record low
7 September 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

UK risks falling behind post-Brexit as new survey shows number of adults improving their skills has fallen to record low

Largest survey of its kind shows just one in three adults have taken part in learning in the last three years and widening inequalities in access to learning The number of adults taking part in learning...Read more »

Have a Go Month kicks off with opportunities across the country for adults to rediscover the joy of learning
2 September 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Have a Go Month kicks off with opportunities across the country for adults to rediscover the joy of learning

With participation in learning having fallen to a record low, Have a Go Month aims to help more people take part in lifelong learning This September, a dazzling array of free learning activities are taking place...Read more »

Inspiring Festival of Learning award winners show the power of learning to transform lives
2 July 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Inspiring Festival of Learning award winners show the power of learning to transform lives

Learning and Work Institute has announced its Festival of Learning award winners for 2019. The 12 winners, revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in central London, include inspiring individual stories, as well as outstanding tutors, employers,...Read more »

Employers and public services must adapt to support young people to adapt to a rapidly changing labour market 
26 June 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Employers and public services must adapt to support young people to adapt to a rapidly changing labour market 

Learning and Work Institute research shows young people are increasingly likely to be self-employed, in busier jobs, and need to update their skills, as a result of longer working lives and technological change Young people are likely...Read more »

Augar’s call for investment in FE is welcome, but we need more ambitious action to stop the UK falling behind
30 May 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

Augar’s call for investment in FE is welcome, but we need more ambitious action to stop the UK falling behind

Responding to the publication of the Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Stephen Evans, chief executive of Learning and Work Institute, said; “Most will focus on tuition fees and higher education, but it is great...Read more »

‘Rent-flex’ trials will help social housing tenants avoid the use of high cost credit
13 May 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

‘Rent-flex’ trials will help social housing tenants avoid the use of high cost credit

As featured on Radio 4 Moneybox Live Saturday 11 May 2019.  Tenants in social housing will be able to personalise their payment of rent and reduce their need to borrow at common financial pinch points in...Read more »

‘Improving Language, Improving Lives’ ESOL tutor resource shortlisted for innovation award
3 May 2019 by Roisin Sheehy

‘Improving Language, Improving Lives’ ESOL tutor resource shortlisted for innovation award

A joint project between the Bell Foundation, Learning and Work Institute and De Montfort University has been announced as a finalist in the British Council’s ELTons awards for its innovation in English language teaching. The ‘Improving...Read more »

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 »

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