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New tools to help overcome learning barriers across Europe

Adult Education News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 4:24pm

New tools to help reach and empower under-represented groups of learners across Europe, have been published by the Outreach-Empowerment-Diversity (OED) network, which NIACE is a part of.

Participation in adult learning is still low in many European countries, especially among low-skilled and/or disadvantaged groups. The OED network works to increase inclusion and foster diversity in adult education. To help policy makers and adult educators to overcome barriers to learning, the network recently produced the following tools:

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Latest FE loan figures signal ‘collapse’ in learning

Adult Education News - Thu, 30/10/2014 - 1:10pm

The latest further education and skills 24+ Advanced Learning Loans figures issued today, show that there have been 43,830, applications since 14 April 2014. This includes 15,330 applications during September 2014.

Responding to these figures, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Young people leaving care need more control over their futures

Adult Education News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 11:36am

More than one in three (34%) care leavers aged 19 were not in education, employment or training at the end of 2013, compared to less than one-in-five (18%) of all young people. In a research report released today as part of National Care Leavers Week, NIACE shows how if all care leavers have access to a more personalised Pathway Planning process, it will help them plan their education, employment and training more effectively and mean that fewer will miss out on getting the best start to their adult life. NIACE also urges that all Personal Advisers must be trained in Information, Advice and Guidance to increase access to local learning and work opportunities for care leavers.

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NIACE chief calls for broader debate on skills devolution

Adult Education News - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 2:05pm

The recent Metro Growth report by the City Growth Commission gives a welcome and clear recognition of the central role that skills will play in our future economic success.

But the report misses the point on adult skills, says NIACE Chief Executive, David Hughes:

“The Commission makes the welcome and compelling argument that big investment in physical infrastructure needs to be matched by a similar level of investment in skills if we are going to achieve sustainable growth.”

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Inspire the world – 2015 Adult Learners’ Week nominations now open

Adult Education News - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 3:30pm

Remarkable individuals, tutors, projects and employers who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others, are invited to be part of the country’s largest festival and celebration of learning. Nominations for NIACE’s 2015 Adult Learners’ Week Awards are now open - until 5pm on Wednesday 17 December 2014 - and NIACE is hoping for a record number of exceptional stories that illustrate the power of learning.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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What adults need to get into learning and succeed

Adult Education News - Fri, 17/10/2014 - 4:59pm

Recent policy, research and practice which has motivated adults learning English and maths, was the focus of NIACE’s annual conference with NRDC, RaPAL and UCU, held in London.

Attendees at the fully-booked conference participated in a number of workshops and heard about the latest in research, policy and best practice from:

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Latest figures "damaging" for individuals, employers and economy

Adult Education News - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 12:36pm

NIACE is calling the latest figures on provisional further education and skills data for the full 2013/14 academic year “damaging” for individuals, employers and economy.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Improving access to learning and work for young adult carers

Adult Education News - Wed, 15/10/2014 - 8:59am

The progress of key initiatives, like the National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers, and their impact on young adult carers’ engagement in learning and work, was the focus of an event in the presence of NIACE’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Young Adult Carers - Improving Access to Learning and Work examined the effects national policy developments are having, demonstrated the effectiveness of a range of practice and highlighted the positive impact of access to high quality learning and support on the lives of young adult carers.

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Making the Mid-life Career Review a reality for all

Adult Education News - Tue, 14/10/2014 - 8:51am

New evidence presented by NIACE at a conference in London, showed the vital role Mid-life Career Reviews can play in addressing the enormous challenge to the economy and society due to the ageing population.

The conference heard how Mid-life Career Reviews encourage people to delay and properly prepare for their retirement, which in turn helps:

  • Diffuse the ‘ticking time-bomb’ of skills shortages and skills gaps for employers.
  • People stave off poverty in retirement.
  • Save money from the welfare bill.

A scalable Mid-life Career Review Programme will launch for all Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) areas via NIACE in October.

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NIACE’s key contribution to adult learning delivery across Europe

Adult Education News - Wed, 08/10/2014 - 3:48pm

A report presenting the UK’s contribution to the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) 2012-2014 was published by NIACE, which has recently had its role as UK Co-ordinator for EAAL extended for a further 12 months. NIACE is the only non-government body to be leading on this work in Europe.

The report details the outcomes of eight nationwide projects developed by NIACE together with other UK partners. From financing adult learning to researching employer attitudes to recruitment, the projects shared best practice and strategies to achieve wider participation of excluded and marginalised groups in learning.

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Calls grow for Royal Commission on future of learning and skills

Adult Education News - Tue, 07/10/2014 - 3:17pm

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will be working with NIACE as part of their proposed strategy for an 'Age Ready Britain'.

In their policy document, Age Ready Britain, the Liberal Democrats have set out their proposals and policies for the ageing population. In one of their commitments they state:

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Lib Dem proposals to tackle adult skills crisis revealed

Adult Education News - Mon, 06/10/2014 - 1:33pm

Responding to Vince Cable’s speech at the Liberal Democrat Conference, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Vince Cable has made important commitments today regarding the lifelong learning opportunities for adults. Whilst he has continued the focus on Apprenticeships during this Party Conference season in his proposals to increase apprentice pay by £1 an hour, he has extended that in committing to increase the number of ‘degree-level Apprenticeships’. I am pleased though that he has gone even further in his understanding of how critical lifelong learning is for our future economic recovery.

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Research into helpful personal social development (PSD) provision

Adult Education News - Mon, 06/10/2014 - 8:38am

A survey to identify how personal and social development (PSD) provision supports learners towards eventual employment has been launched by NIACE, as part of wider work commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Through its survey, which closes on Friday 17 November, NIACE hopes to learn about the content and impact of a wide range of PSD provision.

Alistair Lockhart Smith, NIACE’s lead officer on this work, said:

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New resource to ensure successful Mid-life Career Reviews

Adult Education News - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 3:41pm

A wide range of resources from the Mid-life Career Review project are now available to help practitioners and providers offering career reviews to people in mid-life.

Launched today, on International Day of Older Persons, these comprehensive resources can be easily used and adapted to suit each situation and the individual undergoing a review, covering issues including planning, retirement, health, caring and employment.

Jane Watts, NIACE lead officer for the Mid-life Career Review, said:

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Adult skills revolution crucial to Britain’s economic future

Adult Education News - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 1:54pm

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech in which he reaffirmed the pledge for three million new Apprenticeships and his dual aims to abolish youth unemployment and achieve full employment, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

"We need an adult skills revolution in this country to deliver the Prime Minister's ambitious and laudable aims of having the fastest growing economy and for people to live a better life and get on in the jobs market. With 13.5m job vacancies over the coming decade but only 7m new young entrants to the labour market, this is now a pressing economic necessity. I am concerned that the Prime Minister's protection of the budgets of some Whitehall departments risks the delivery of his ambitions.

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Ros Altmann to speak at NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review conference

Adult Education News - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:44am

The UK Government's Older Workers Business Champion, Dr. Ros Altmann CBE, will be speaking at a NIACE conference highlighting the full findings of the Mid-life Career Review pilots and their impact on both clients and providers.

This free event, taking place in London on 14 October, will also feature an update on current policy from Lis Robinson, Head of Fuller Working Lives, Department for Work and Pensions.

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NIACE calls for adult skills revolution

Adult Education News - Tue, 23/09/2014 - 2:47pm

NIACE has responded to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference in which he stated his intention to match the number of young people on Apprenticeships with those in Higher Education.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

"It is great to hear the leader of the opposition focusing on skills and learning as critical issues for our country, for sustained and fair economic growth and to address inequalities. We support those ambitions and the belief that a better skills system which stretches and motivates every young person is vital. But, we don't only need an Apprenticeships revolution; we need an adult skills revolution as well.

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NIACE sets out priorities to tackle Skills Commission's 'strategic alerts'

Adult Education News - Tue, 23/09/2014 - 10:45am

NIACE has responded to the interim findings of the Skills Commission’s latest inquiry into Skills & the Changing Structures of Work which has identified four key ‘strategic alerts’ that the Commission believes ‘require urgent attention from all players in the skills system'.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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NIACE expands national Traineeship Programme with Humber LEP

Adult Education News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 9:56am

NIACE is delighted to announce a new working partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to show how Traineeships – the Government’s flagship training programme for young people - in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will help prevent future skills shortages and skills gaps in the region. This latest work follows NIACE’s successful STEM work with the Dorset LEP.

The Humber LEP demonstration pilot project will raise awareness of Traineeships, help the LEP create better contacts with more employers and support those local employers to create the right Traineeship opportunities that will help fill current and future jobs.

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New Quick Reads titles announced for 2015

Adult Education News - Fri, 19/09/2014 - 10:43am

1993 Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle is amongst the six authors announced today as the names behind the 2015 Quick Reads titles. The books, which are sponsored by Galaxy® for the fifth year running, will be published on 5 February 2015:

Roddy DoyleDead Man Talking

Jojo MoyesParis for Two One

Sophie HannahPictures Or It Didn’t Happen

Fanny BlakeRed for Revenge

Adèle GerasOut of the Dark

James BowenStreet Cat Bob

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