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House of Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee: Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report, published today (11 Jun), "Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education" will make for some challenging reading in government.  But beneath the headlines there is a lot here to welcome and a lot that Ministers and officials will likely agree with. 

Care Leavers bursary, making apprenticeships more accessible

The new Care Leavers bursary – a welcome start in making apprenticeships more accessible

Learning and Work Institute respond to the government’s changes to apprenticeship funding rules

Funding for apprentices with additional needs  Learning and Work Institute (@LearnWorkUK) was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to explore the effectiveness of funding to support apprentices with a learning difficulty or disability (LDD) and/or apprentices from a disadvantaged background.

Lifelong learning is key to UK digital growth, says NIACE

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has called for everyone to be given the chance to participate in the UK's increasingly digital society, regardless of their age, stage or background.

The Levy is a step forward, it's time to take the next step

We have consistently highlighted the risks around unequal access and inconsistent quality that Reform's report on the Apprenticeship Levy, "The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy", sets out. And, like them, we've argued that employer sign off for standards should be underpinned by an international quality benchmark: a two-tick system. It's also clear that we need to do more to ensure fair access to apprenticeships, including for young people. 

3 million Apprenticeships: Hitting the target, but missing the point?

Two new reports this week, from IPPR and Policy Exchange, look at how to ensure a world class Apprenticeship system. At the Learning and Work Institute, we agree that a much greater focus on quality is needed to ensure that 3 million Apprenticeships are the start of 3 million careers.

Learning and Work Institute responds to the Government's Spring Statement

The Chancellor’s Statement is a case of short-term gain, long-term pain.

An exciting and positive development for digital skills

The government have launched a new policy that seeks to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations, with “publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need it”, which will be paid for by the existing Adult Education Budget.

Lost Einsteins and burning injustices

Earlier this week, Learning and Work Institute hosted an event with a keynote from Robert Halfon about skills and social justice.

Time to invest in our future: what the Budget can do to help

As the Conservatives prepare for their first conference since the General Election, speculation is rife over the personalities in the government and its direction of travel. Beyond this, the November Budget provides an opportunity to invest in skills to tackle our long-term challenges.

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