Stephen Evans explores how the low-pay trap is impacting on economic growth and why a new Career Advancement Service is an urgent priority for the next Government.
by Stephen Evans on 24 Apr 2015
David Hughes discusses the ‘perfect storm’ facing employment, learning and skills and what the next Government must do to help the skills system change for the better.
by David Hughes on 23 Apr 2015
NIACE and Inclusion are proposing ten practical policies which the next Government can and should implement in its first 100 days.
on 23 Apr 2015
NIACE and Inclusion are proposing ten practical policies which the next Government can and should implement in its first 100 days. Every policy will improve the lives of ten groups of people who are often excluded and disadvantaged in life and work.
In Ten Policies for Ten People, NIACE and Inclusion detail how these policies will deliver more inclusive and sustainable growth by unlocking the talents of everyone in our society. The ten policies can be implemented quickly and without additional spending, but will begin to address the productivity crisis and the need for higher quality work for many people.
The Ten Policies for Ten People are:
David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, offers an overview of all of the General Election manifestos and the learning and skills opportunities they present.
by David Hughes on 21 Apr 2015
Aaron Hill, Policy & Public Affairs Officer at NIACE Cymru discusses the Plaid Cymru and the SNP manifestos and examines their proposals for learning and skills.
by Aaron Hill on 21 Apr 2015
Dave Simmonds, the Chief Executive of the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion, takes a look at the series of ‘sensible and welcome commitments and proposals’ in the Liberal Democrat Manifesto.
by David Simmonds on 15 Apr 2015
As the main political parties for this year’s General Election launch their manifestos, NIACE examines the proposals for learning and skills and highlights what’s missing.
on 15 Apr 2015
Tom Stannard discusses why the UKIP manifesto remains too heavy in emphasis on the needs of young people alone and ignores the needs of the working age population.
by Tom Stannard on 15 Apr 2015
NIACE ‘s manifesto – Skills for Prosperity, launched in June last year – detailed 6 priority actions for the next Government. As the main political parties for this year’s General Election launch their manifestos, NIACE’s senior team reflect on the proposals for learning skills and highlight what’s missing.
What's in the Labour manifesto for employment, learning and skills? David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, highlights the ‘good hooks’ in the Labour Party Manifesto for NIACE to ‘get stuck into’ aswell as the missed opportunities.
The Green Party of presented a number of policies for the learning and skills sector to applaud in their General Election manifesto. But, as Steve Mulligan discusses, are their proposals too ambitious to make it into a coalition agreement?
by Steve Mulligan on 14 Apr 2015
In the next in our series of responses to the General Election manifestos, Stephen Evans, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, details why the Right to Train is just as important as the Right to Buy.
by Stephen Evans on 14 Apr 2015
“We believe that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. As the economy at last recovers, people want the opportunity to use their skills and talents to make a better life for themselves and their children. Our country’s greatest asset is the hard work and talent of our people.” Ed Miliband
by David Hughes on 13 Apr 2015
Responding to the latest research from the Education and Training Foundation on maths and English qualifications, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:
Far too many people’s skills are being wasted and we are not making the most of migration or helping people integrate. NIACE today calls for urgent action to unlock the skills of migrants and UK residents to ensure we meet the needs of business and create greater community cohesion.
In the Policy Solution Report – Making Migration Work – NIACE is calling for:
Responding to today’s analysis from the Association of Colleges on the prospects for the future for adult education, David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:
"This is a very useful analysis of the learning opportunities which are being lost to people and to the economy. Over 1 million opportunities have disappeared in funding cuts since 2010 and the AoC rightly sets out that more cuts means even fewer opportunities.
Responding to the announcement today of an open consultation on the challenges affecting adult vocational education over the next ten years, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:
A guide to tackle some of the myths, misconceptions and other issues about how well welfare-to-work programme providers and skills providers work together, has been published today by NIACE. The guide, developed by a sector-led group, will help ensure that welfare-to-work programme participants access the provision and gain the skills they need to get into work.
The guide includes information on:
• Overview of adults skills provision and welfare-to-work provision;
• Establishing access for welfare-to-work participants to skills provision;
Responding to today’s budget, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:
“This Budget is completely blind to Britain’s low-skills crisis and was the Coalition’s last opportunity to reverse the damage done to adults participating in further and higher education.
An agenda for lifelong learning for the next Parliament (2015 – 2020) will be launched today, with cross-party support, by NIACE at an event in the House of Lords.
The agenda – which links to the priority actions for the next Government from NIACE’s General Election manifesto - will focus on three core policy priorities.