A new approach to learning in prisons aims to reduce reoffending according to a new project between Learning and Work Institute and De Montfort University.
One in two prisoners have no qualifications at all, holding back their chances of finding a job when released. The Language for Change project will pilot a new approach which integrates English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning with the maths, financial, health, digital and civic capabilities. This will help prisoners build skills they need for work and, ultimately, reduce reoffending.
on 09 Feb 2016
This week I attended the event where the Prime Minister gave a thoughtful speech of prison reform. There's lots to welcome and more to do. Here's five things you need to know about what he said.
1. 'It's well over 20 years since a Prime Minister gave a speech solely about prisons'.
by Stephen Evans on 09 Feb 2016
In response to the Prime Minister's announcement today regarding prison reform, Stephen Evans, Deputy CEO at Learning and Work Institute, said:
"Almost one in two prisoners re-offend within a year of release: that is no good for their life chances, their victims or society. The Prime Minister is right to call attention to this and commit to building a prison system fit for the 21st century. We've been working in this field for a long time and we know that addressing education and skills are at the heart of reducing reoffending.
on 08 Feb 2016
The launch of the OECD report: Building Skills for All has highlighted improving transitions into the workplace as a key priority area to support young people to be successful in the labour market.
by Toni Pearce on 05 Feb 2016
The OECD’s report, Building Skills for All: A Review of England, provides another reality check on the millions of adults who have low basic skills. An estimated 9 million adults aged 16-65 have low literacy or numeracy skills or both. England is around average for literacy in comparison to other OECD countries in the survey, and well below average for numeracy.
by Emily Jones on 03 Feb 2016
Last week the OECD published its latest report into literacy and numeracy skills. Building Skills for All: A Review of England provides shocking evidence of poor basic skills levels amongst young people in England.
by Nicola Aylward on 02 Feb 2016
Learning and Work Institute are calling on employers, practitioners, learners and sector bodies to help shape national standards for adult literacy and numeracy.
Building on the findings of Making English and Maths Work for All, the Education and Training Foundation has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting, in partnership with the Learning and Work Institute, to lead the consultation for the Functional Skills Reform Programme.
on 01 Feb 2016
Learning and Work Institute is today launching new materials to help boost participation of advanced and higher level learning.
Since 2013, adults aged 24 and over have been able to access university-style student loans to cover tuition costs for advanced and higher level courses. Learning and Work Institute was asked by the Skills Funding Agency to explore learners’ and providers’ experience of loans in order to share practice that can encourage more people to engage in learning.
on 01 Feb 2016
The government has made a commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020. As numbers increase, it is vital access is widened so that no one who is able to undertake an apprenticeship is prevented from doing so.
by Toni Pearce on 28 Jan 2016
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have published the results of the 2015 Employer Skills Survey which shows a 130% increase in vacancies due to skills shortages in the labour market.
on 27 Jan 2016
At our roundtable with Policy Exchange yesterday, the Skills Minister, Nick Boles, set out a thorough and clear set of reforms he is driving forward to ensure that the 3million apprenticeship target is met through high quality. He rightly says that the levy is a game-changer and I share his excitement about how this will draw in employers who now have to invest in apprenticeship training, many for the first time.
by David Hughes on 22 Jan 2016
Frank Field was asked by Tony Blair in 1997 to think the unthinkable on welfare reform. Although a minister for just over a year (it turned out the unthinkable really was unthinkable), he has continued to play an active role in the debate, including as current chair of the DWP Select Committee. So when he says something on the subject, it's generally worth listening to.
by Stephen Evans on 20 Jan 2016
Learning and Work Institute today called on the government to make a more coherant joined up ESOL policy
on 19 Jan 2016
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), an umbrella organisation for the charity sector has published a report assessing how the sector fared as a result of the welfare reforms carried out by the coalition government.
on 18 Jan 2016
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee is urging the government to find a solution in its welfare safety net and prevent citizens from suffering severe poverty.
According to a new report, The local welfare safety net, the Commons Work and Pensions Committee asks that there be better co-ordination between central and local government, especially in regards to councils’ power in giving out emergency welfare payments - which MPs have dubbed a ‘postcode lottery’.
on 18 Jan 2016
The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report into local welfare safety nets. The report calls for both local and central government to work together to ensure that current welfare reforms and budgetary pressures are not diminishing the capacity of local safety nets to help those facing severe hardship and destitution.
on 18 Jan 2016
A new report by the Social Market Foundation has found that school grades are significantly linked to the area students live in. The report was released to mark the launch of the SMF’s new ‘Commission on Inequality in Education’ and present its preliminary findings which have focussed on inequalities in educational attainment at ages eleven and sixteen, and how these trends have evolved over time.
on 18 Jan 2016
Recognising the critical importance of the devolution agenda, we decided that the first major policy report of Learning and Work Institute would focus on the key role that local areas can play in joining up employment, learning and skills interventions to unleash local talent, to tackle employment and skills challenges, and to deliver inclusive growth.
by Steve Mulligan on 15 Jan 2016
Our response to the publication of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee's report on their inquiry into transgender equality.
on 14 Jan 2016
Learning and Work Cymru director Cerys Furlong reflects on the publication of the Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education in Wales report and considers the role and purpose of high quality vocational education as part of the education and skills landscape.
by Cerys Furlong on 14 Jan 2016