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Engaging with NIACE’s general election manifesto

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

Webinars available to all staff in the further education, training and skills sector, as well as those in local government/LEPs, will explore ways of engaging with NIACE’s bold new proposals for a skills-led economic recovery, outlined in its general election manifesto.

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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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Vital for single parents to access learning

Thu, 26/06/2014 - 10:13am

NIACE has responded to a report detailing how government investment in further education will benefit single parents and the state. Making the Grade was published by Gingerbread, the organisation that provides support and advice to single parents.

Carol Taylor, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

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Apprenticeship Staff Support projects kick-off in Birmingham

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:15am

Fourteen successful lead bidders met in Birmingham on 25 June to kick-off the start of the Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme (ASSP), funded by The Education and Training Foundation, managed by AELP and supported by NIACE and other partners.

The programme - also supported by AoC, 157 Group, HOLEX and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce - will provide development support that will improve the quality and professional capacity of provider staff to deliver effective Apprenticeship programmes. The production of resources that can be disseminated across the breadth of the vocational education and training sector will facilitate continuous improvement.

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Equality and diversity projects share findings at free events

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 12:31pm

The last of three dissemination events looking at the impact of the Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund is taking place in London on Wednesday 9 July.

Funded by the Skills Funding Agency and managed by NIACE, the Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund (EDIF) provided grants to 41 education and training organisations that have developed innovative approaches to equality and diversity in learning and skills. At each of the three dissemination events a selection of EDIF projects will be sharing their research findings, lessons learned, new resources and the difference they have made for learners. This will include details of how:

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Traineeship Funding Reform Consultation

Mon, 23/06/2014 - 12:33pm

NIACE is encouraging providers to respond to the government’s Traineeships funding consultation announced yesterday by Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Skills and Enterprise. This consultation sees an increased focus on funding learning providers based on Trainees’ progression to Apprenticeships, jobs or further learning.

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at NIACE, said:

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Main parties endorse NIACE manifesto

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 3:17pm

Politicians from the three main Westminster parties have endorsed NIACE's vision of how a skills-led recovery will ensure prosperity for all. Responding to the NIACE Manifesto – Skills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All – at a special conference in Westminster today, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, said:

"NIACE are tireless advocates for adult learning. With the launch of your manifesto, I'm delighted that you're continuing to drive this vital agenda forward. There's much in the document that we in Government agree on, and we're currently in the pilot stages of several of the priorities you've set out."

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