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Identifying how PSD provision helps people find and sustain work

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

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

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

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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Apprenticeships must be based on stage not age

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 4:29pm

Responding to IPPR's report - Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people - NIACE believes that Apprenticeships should be based on the stage an individual is at in their career – rather than their age.

Caroline Berry, Head of Learning for Work at NIACE, said:

“This report makes a welcome contribution at a time when many students, of all ages, are awaiting exam results. It provides evidence on the importance of the transition between learning and employment for everyone and provides an excellent summary of Government initiatives for young people

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Engaging with NIACE’s general election manifesto

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 1:40pm

A series of webinars to discuss NIACE’s General Election Manifesto – Skills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All – will begin with a focus on how the lifelong learning sector can get involved in helping to secure a skills-led recovery.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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NIACE updates popular resources for older people in care

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 3:42pm

NIACE has published updated versions of its popular resources - Learning for Older People in Care Settings - in light of policy changes and key research conducted in this area.

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NIACE strengthens top team in support of new manifesto

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 9:25am

Stephen Evans has been appointed as the new NIACE Deputy Chief Executive (Development and Research), leading the national R&D portfolio. He succeeds Carol Taylor OBE, who recently announced she will be leaving NIACE to pursue other interests from Autumn 2014.

Stephen is a nationally respected economist with expertise in welfare and skills policy. He joins NIACE from Working Links where he is currently Director of Policy and Strategic Development, working across support for employment, skills and young people in a large UK-wide provider of employment and skills programme.

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Consultation to ensure effective implementation of new GCSEs

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 9:23am

BIS and DfE have commissioned NIACE, in partnership with the NRDC, to lead the implementation consultation of the new GCSEs, announced earlier this month by the Government.

NIACE wants to hear from a range of providers from across the learning and skills sector 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.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Reshuffle must lead to skills system fit for 21st Century

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 1:32pm

Responding to the reshuffle, Tom Stannard, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Help shape the future development of FE loans

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:01pm

NIACE is inviting contributions to its response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on the future development of loans in further education, which closes on 21 August.

Latest data on 24+ Advanced Learning Loans shows that the number of applications received during May 2014 are fewer than half of those received in the same period last year.

Commenting on these figures, NIACE Chief Executive, David Hughes, said:

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Prioritise adult skills to avoid future unemployment “twilight zone”

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 9:52am

NIACE has responded to a report launched by the Local Government Association at its annual conference (8-10 July), calling for radical new powers to be given to councils to help transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment "twilight zone".

Responding to the report, Tom Stannard, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

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Prioritise adult skills to avoid future unemployment “twilight zone”

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 9:52am

NIACE has responded to a report launched by the Local Government Association at its annual conference (8-10 July), calling for radical new powers to be given to councils to help transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment "twilight zone".

Responding to the report, Tom Stannard, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

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Prioritise adult skills to avoid future unemployment “twilight zone”

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 9:52am

NIACE has responded to a report launched by the Local Government Association at its annual conference (8-10 July), calling for radical new powers to be given to councils to help transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment "twilight zone".

Responding to the report, Tom Stannard, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

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Local growth deals need wider skills

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:21pm

The Government’s announcement of £6bn of investment in local growth deals is a first step towards the greater localism of skills policy in England as advocated by NIACE in its recent manifesto Skills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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Removing attainment barriers to tackle child poverty

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 3:45pm

NIACE believes that the new Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17 addresses many of the issues that the Government must act on to tackle child poverty, but would like to see more focus on the role that family learning can play.

The strategy - published by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education - includes supporting families into work and increasing their earnings, improving living standards and preventing poor children becoming poor adults through raising their educational attainment.

Carol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

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CBI/Pearson survey highlights skills crisis

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:11am

The education and skills survey published by the CBI and Pearson supports many of the priority areas for action detailed in the NIACE manifesto – Skills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All.

David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:

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Be part of the biggest festival of learning in 2015

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 11:34am

NIACE would like to thank the thousands of organisations and individuals who helped make Adult Learners’ Week 2014 in England and Wales so successful and ask them, and others, to get involved in Adult Learners’ Week 2015 from Saturday 13 June – Friday 19 June.

Adult Learners’ Week 2015 will, again, be preceded by a six-week Festival of Learning. This year’s Festival had over 4,000 events and was supported by colleges, universities, workplaces, museums and other organisations across England and Wales. High profile support came from BCS, CIPR, Inspired by, Learning at Work Week, Museums at Night, the National Portrait Gallery, the Skills Show, Universities Week and VQ Day.

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NIACE to lead new GCSE implementation consultation

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 11:02am

The new reforms for GCSEs - announced by the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock - have important implications for adult learners, education providers and employers.  NIACE has been commissioned by BIS and DfE to co-ordinate consultations with learning providers from across the sector about how the new GCSEs, which include a revised grading structure and are more challenging, will be implemented.

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Adonis Growth Review - NIACE response

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:57pm

NIACE believes that the announcement of the next phase in the Opposition’s Growth Review, a report published by Lord Adonis on regional economic devolution - should have a greater focus on the importance of skills training for people already in work.

The Adonis report – Mending the Fractured Economy - contains a number of key proposals on economic growth, learning and skills, including:

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