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Boosting careers will boost growth

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 10:00am

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

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Are the storm clouds really rising?

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 2:54pm

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

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Careers, productivity and growth: Ten Policies for Ten People

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 12:00am

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

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Careers, productivity and growth: Ten Policies for Ten People

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 2:57pm

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:

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The opportunities we need to seize

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 5:27pm

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

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Learning and skills will work for Wales and strengthen Scotland

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 5:17pm

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

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It’s Education, Education, Education for the LibDems

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:41pm

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

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NIACE examines main party proposals for learning and skills

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:30pm

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

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A serious migration – reacting to the UKIP manifesto

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 2:37pm

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

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NIACE examines main party proposals for learning and skills

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:00pm

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.

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Can the Greens deliver 'The Common Good'?

Tue, 14/04/2015 - 4:53pm

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

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The Conservative manifesto: jobs, skills and growth

Tue, 14/04/2015 - 3:16pm

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

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What’s in the Labour manifesto for learning, skills and employment?

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 3:36pm

“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

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Employers value Functional Skills - latest research

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 5:07pm

Responding to the latest research from the Education and Training Foundation on maths and English qualifications, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Making Migration Work - Policy Solution from NIACE

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 3:29pm

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: 

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Funding cuts will hit people and businesses

Tue, 24/03/2015 - 6:36pm

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. 

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Adult vocational education consultation must tackle skills crisis

Tue, 24/03/2015 - 2:47pm

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:

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New myth-busting guide to help providers work together

Fri, 20/03/2015 - 2:04pm

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;

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Budget misses opportunity to address low-skills crisis

Wed, 18/03/2015 - 3:53pm

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.

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NIACE creating cross-party consensus on lifelong learning

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:25pm

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.

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