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Post-18 Education Review: Our Response
19 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Post-18 Education Review: Our Response

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of post-18 education, Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director at Learning and Work Institute: “While much of the media attention will be focused on university fees, we...Read more »

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our response
8 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Taylor Review and the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’: Our response

We welcome the Government’s response to the Taylor Review on modern employment practices. We were pleased that the Business Under-Secretary Andrew Griffiths reiterated that the Government wants the creation of quality jobs, not just a large...Read more »

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?
6 February 2018 by Roisin Sheehy

Pre-apprenticeship programmes in Europe – how are young people being supported to progress?

Throughout Europe apprenticeships provide a crucial entry point to the world of work for young people. However, too many young people are missing out because they need support to bridge the gap from compulsory education or...Read more »

New DfE ‘5 Cities’ project launched
1 February 2018 by Rhian Short

New DfE ‘5 Cities’ project launched

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton has announced the launch of a new project to increase underrepresented groups taking apprenticeships. Learning and Work Institute is supporting the 5 cities with the design, delivery and evaluation of...Read more »

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers
25 January 2018 by Charlotte Robey

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

To celebrate this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day, Learning and Work Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work. Research...Read more »

Statistics on Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Our response
25 January 2018 by Stephen Evans

Statistics on Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Our response

In response to today’s publication of statistics on apprenticeships and Traineeships, our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans said:  “Today’s figures show another worrying fall in apprenticeship starts, down 26% compared to this time last year. The fall is smaller...Read more »

Call for evidence on employer engagement activities for learners
7 December 2017 by Rhian Short

Call for evidence on employer engagement activities for learners

Learning and Work Institute has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to gather evidence on effective employer engagement activities for learners aged 16 and 17 studying below Level 2. This important piece of work will...Read more »

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents – our response
4 December 2017 by Rhian Short

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents – our response

Following today’s publication of the Careers Strategy, Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research and Development responded, saying “We are pleased to see that the long-awaited careers strategy, published today, recognises the importance of focusing on adults...Read more »

One in five employers of apprentices unsure of the rules on apprentice pay
24 November 2017 by Rhian Short

One in five employers of apprentices unsure of the rules on apprentice pay

New research from Learning and Work Institute suggests one in five employers of apprentices are unsure of the rules on apprentice pay. The findings suggest low awareness of the rules may mean too many apprentices are...Read more »

Autumn Budget 2017: our response
22 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Autumn Budget 2017: our response

In response to today’s budget announcements, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute said: “The Budget forecasts are a sea of red with sharp downgrades to growth and productivity. We don’t have to just...Read more »

Eight new Fellows for Learning and Work Institute
3 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Eight new Fellows for Learning and Work Institute

Learning and Work Institute has announced the appointment of its first eight Fellows, made up of leaders from the learning, skills and employment sectors. The announcement comes as L&W launches its Impact Report, setting out the...Read more »

Festival of Learning 2018 award nominations open
2 November 2017 by Rhian Short

Festival of Learning 2018 award nominations open

Adult learning can help transform lives, communities, families, and workplaces. Yet latest data shows 900,000 fewer adults taking part in learning than five years ago. So it’s perhaps never been more important to celebrate the best...Read more »

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers
23 October 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of our new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work. The launch is being supported by a series of free workshops...Read more »

12 September 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New promotional materials to give young adult carers fair access to financial support in learning

In England and Wales there are over 300,000 young adult carers, who provide over £5 billion of unpaid care each year. Despite the vital contribution they make to their families and society, young adult carers are...Read more »

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap
7 September 2017 by Shane Chowen

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap

With an employment rate gap of 30 percentage points, much higher than in other countries, it’s time for Government and employers to come together to make the labour market work for people with disabilities and health...Read more »

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships
26 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships

Top tips and case studies to help public sector organisations plan and develop their apprenticeship programmes have been launched by Learning and Work Institute. Supported by the Department for Education, the resources provide valuable information for...Read more »

In-work progression: understanding what works
16 July 2017 by Kathryn Ray

In-work progression: understanding what works

The publication of the landmark Taylor review last week heralds a welcome focus on the quality of work as well as the number of people participating in the labour market.  This shift in focus is vital to...Read more »

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone
11 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone

Responding to the publication of Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:  “I support the call of Matthew Taylor and his team for all work to...Read more »

Increasing work placements in technical education
6 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Increasing work placements in technical education

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed the £50 million investment announced today by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to fund high quality work placements for students on technical education programmes from April 2018. Alongside today’s announcement,...Read more »

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay
28 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay

Learning and Work Institute is today calling for robust measures to strengthen people’s ability to move up the career ladder, in response the Social Mobility Commission’s damning verdict on social mobility policies over the last two...Read more »

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors
16 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to congratulate two of its Learning Ambassadors who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Amanda Scales, from Brighton, and Frank Harris, from London, have each been awarded the...Read more »

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017
12 June 2017 by Charlotte Robey

New young adult carers website for Carers Week 2017

Today is the beginning of Carers Week 2017, which this year is focussed on building carer-friendly communities. Learning and Work Institute has long worked to support learning providers and employers to be more young adult carer-friendly....Read more »

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone
7 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone

Learning and Work Institute is today marking the 25th anniversary of Festival of Learning, England’s biggest celebration of adult education and lifelong learning. Founded in 1992, Adult Learners’ Week, and now Festival of Learning, promotes the...Read more »

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work
24 May 2017 by Shane Chowen

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work

A new website to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work has been launched by Learning and Work Institute today. Supported by the Department for Education, Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help...Read more »

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18 May 2017 by Stephen Evans

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto

To govern is to choose. There’s lots to welcome in the Conservative manifesto, including backing for our campaign for a successor to European structural funds. But we need more investment and reform for ordinary working families...Read more »

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto
16 May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the...Read more »

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs
12 May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute This general election comes at a profound time for our country. Investing in learning and opportunity is essential for our prosperity and fairness in society. We’ve set out...Read more »

Lords debate literacy in the workforce
26 April 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lords debate literacy in the workforce

Labour peer Baroness Rebuck asked the Government what they were doing to improve standards of literacy in the workforce in a short debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday 25 April 2017. In his opening...Read more »

18 April 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

General Election announcement

Responding to today’s announcement of a general election on 8 June, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce
4 April 2017 by Ifrah Mukri

New toolkits to develop the health and social care workforce

New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages from today.

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