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

Adult Education News - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 11:44am

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 - 3:47pm

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 - 11:45am

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 - 10:56am

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 - 11:43am

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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Skills training crucial to sustain Work Programme gains

Adult Education News - Thu, 18/09/2014 - 11:48am

Responding to statistics which show a further improvement in sustained job outcomes from the Work Programme, Stephen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

"Work Programme providers have worked hard for this success in a difficult economic climate. Although they have found effective ways of helping many people, providers are finding it much more challenging to support others. In particular those claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who, due to health problems and other long term issues, have much greater barriers to work than other participants.

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Call for evidence to ensure effective implementation of new GCSEs

Adult Education News - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:23am

BIS and DfE have commissioned NIACE, in partnership with the NRDC, to lead a call for evidence to ensure the effective implementation of the new GCSEs, announced in July by the Government.

NIACE wants to hear from a range of providers from across the learning and skills sector - by 30 September 2014 - about what systems need to be in place to support young adults, adult learners, trainees and apprentices to achieve GCSE Maths and GCSE English. These will become the national standard qualification in the two subjects at Level 2 for students in 16-19 education by September 2017 and by 2020 for adults.

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NIACE at the 2014 party conferences

Adult Education News - Fri, 12/09/2014 - 4:01pm

NIACE’s bold proposals for a skills-led economic recovery outlined in its General Election manifesto - Skills for Prosperity -  will be taken forward at fringe events at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences.

Delivered by NIACE, in partnership with the AoC and 157 Group, the events will focus on the skills that employers demand from our education system. Participants will have the chance to debate whether the curriculum, particularly for people aged 14 to 16, is fit for purpose in producing employable and entrepreneurial young people.

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Seriously Useless Learning

Adult Education News - Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:11am

A book of the collected columns of former NIACE Chief Executive, Alan Tuckett, has been published today by NIACE and the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

The collection, Seriously Useless Learning, has been edited by former TES Assistant Editor (FE), Ian Nash, and covers a 15-year period from the mid-90s in what was a ‘turbulent period’ for adult education.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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NIACE webinars to help implement FELTAG recommendations

Adult Education News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:44pm

Providers planning to implement FELTAG recommendations to increase their use of learning technology will benefit from a series of regular NIACE webinars.

The government’s response to the FELTAG recommendations published in June confirmed the government’s commitment to the use of technology for learning. FELTAG is not the first report to advocate for increased use of technology in post-16 education, but is the first to link recommendations directly to the key drivers of funding and inspection.

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NIACE initial response to latest OECD report

Adult Education News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:31am

NIACE has responded to the report published by the OECD - Education at a Glance 2014.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

"This report from the OECD provides a wealth of data to help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of our learning and skills system and how we compare internationally. It deserves close consideration.

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Lib-Dems Pre-Manifesto Echoes NIACE Proposals

Adult Education News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 5:37pm

The Liberal Democrats Pre-Manifesto includes vital policies which will help to support a skills-led recovery, including many that feature in the NIACE Manifesto ‘Skills for Prosperity’.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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The future for ESOL

Adult Education News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 2:32pm

A lecture to celebrate the achievements of NIACE’s former lead on ESOL, Chris Taylor, as well as to look to the future of ESOL policy and mark International Literacy Day, was held in London.

Three key speakers outlined what should be done to address the ESOL needs of around one million people in the UK, including what policy should look like, what the latest research reveals, what works well in other countries and what practitioners need. The speakers were Professor Alan Tuckett OBE, (International Council for Adult Education), Helen Casey (National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy) and Sheila Rosenberg OBE (Ruth Hayman Trust).

Carol Taylor, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

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Families reading on and getting on better together

Adult Education News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 12:29pm

The goals of Save The Children’s Read On. Get On. campaign - for all children to read well at 11 by 2025 – will not be achieved unless all parents are given the skills and opportunities to read with their children. NIACE is pleased to see this as a campaign priority and suggests a stronger commitment to wider family learning will make a huge difference to children and adults’ reading abilities and will also help to break the intergenerational cycle of low levels of literacy.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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BIS Select Committee report backs NIACE manifesto

Adult Education News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 12:00am

The report from the BIS Select Committee represents an important milestone in this country addressing low levels of adult literacy and numeracy. In particular, the recognition of the ‘ability to gain literacy and numeracy skills as a fundamental right of all adults’ and the need for flexibility in securing this.

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NIACE evidence to Lords Select Committee

Adult Education News - Tue, 02/09/2014 - 3:28pm

Lifelong learning is the key to the UK's digital growth, giving everyone regardless of their age, stage or background, the opportunity to participate in a digital society, as digital citizens, workers or makers.

This is the headline message from NIACE CEO, David Hughes, who gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into the digital competitiveness of the UK.

David Hughes said:

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Identifying how PSD provision helps people find and sustain work

Adult Education News - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 9:45am

A new NIACE project running from August 2014 to March 2015 will identify how personal and social development (PSD) provision supports learners furthest from the labour market to find and sustain employment.

Rob Gray, Head of pre-employment skills at NIACE, said:

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Challenges must be addressed before extending FE loans

Adult Education News - Fri, 22/08/2014 - 2:39pm

In its response to the government’s consultation on the future development of loans, NIACE argues that there are still major challenges which need to be addressed effectively, before extending FE loans to cover younger adults and Level 2 provision.

Dr Fiona Aldridge, NIACE Assistant Director for Development and Research, said:

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Popular Diversity Diary available for free download

Adult Education News - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 3:21pm

A popular diary aimed at further education and skills providers, full of equality and diversity information, as well as tips and guidance, is now available to download for free.

The Staff Diversity Diary (2014/15) was originally launched at the Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund dissemination event at Capel Manor College this July, where guests were given hard copies. The diary - containing monthly planners and summaries, tips on inspection, legislation, protected characteristics and embedding, and key equalities dates – can be downloaded as a whole or in month-by-month sections.

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New Demos report on ESOL backs NIACE Manifesto

Adult Education News - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 4:02pm

A new Demos report on improving ESOL provision has backed NIACE’s General Election 2015 Manifesto proposal for the introduction of Personal Skills Accounts, which alongside a major, independent review of funding in the adult skills system could help address capacity issues in the ESOL sector.

Joyce Black, NIACE Assistant Director for Development and Research, said:

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