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Help shape the future development of FE loans

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:01

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.

  • Prioritise adult skills to avoid future unemployment “twilight zone”

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:52
    ALW 2012 award winner, Karen King

    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".

  • Local growth deals need wider skills

    Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:21
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    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.

  • Removing attainment barriers to tackle child poverty

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 15:45
    Family learning

    NIACE believes that the new ChildPoverty 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.

  • CBI/Pearson survey highlights skills crisis

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:11
    Report front cover

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

  • Be part of the biggest festival of learning in 2015

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:34

    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.

  • NIACE to lead new GCSE implementation consultation

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 11:02
    (image of a person writing)

    NIACE will be leading on the implementation consultation of the new reforms for GCSEs - announced by the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock - which have important implications for adult learners, education providers and employers.

  • Adonis Growth Review - NIACE response

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:57
    (Lord Adonis, (c) National Archives, Crown Copyright)

    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 had more focus on the importance of skills training for people already in work.

  • Vital for single parents to access learning

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:13
    Gingerbread logo

    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.

  • Apprenticeship Staff Support projects kick-off in Birmingham

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:15
    Adult apprentice and 2013 ALW award winner

    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.

  • Equality and diversity projects share findings at free events

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:31
    EDIF event programme

    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.

  • Main parties endorse NIACE manifesto

    Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 15:17
    (Matt Hancock at Skills for Prosperity: Building Sustainable Recovery for All)

    Politicians from the three main Westminster parties have endorsed NIACE's vision of how a skills-led recovery will ensure prosperity for all.

  • Traineeship Funding Reform Consultation

    Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:33
    (image of Mark undertaking training)

    NIACE is encouraging providers to respond to the government’s Traineeships funding consultation announced yesterday by Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Skills and Enterprise.

  • Family learning will boost white working class performance

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 17:14
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    NIACE’s response to the Education Committee’s report - Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children – published 18 June.

  • Providers across England doing valuable work to promote family learning

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:13
    Robin Hood Primary School - 2014 ALW award winner

    Ofsted, as part of a joint initiative with NIACE, has published seven case studies highlighting excellent examples of good practice in family learning, which community and skills providers, schools and other organisations have developed across England.

  • Half of homeless people lack reading and writing skills, new study shows

    Friday, June 13, 2014 - 18:04
    St Mungo's Broadway logo

    Homeless people are being failed as children and adults when it comes to reading and writing, found new research by St Mungo’s Broadway, which was supported by NIACE.

  • NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review part of new Government strategy

    Friday, June 13, 2014 - 17:03
    Fuller Working Lives - report front cover

    The Government will be incorporating lessons learned from NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review Pilots and integrate the ‘50+ delivery model’ into existing partner practice, to ensure older workers can access an in-depth career review for the first time.

  • Lib Dem proposal good news for family learning

    Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:00
    Family learning

    NIACE is encouraged by the proposal from the Liberal Democrats that the Pupil Premium will be ‘given to schools without strings attached because teachers know better than politicians how best to spend that money.’

  • Leading figures respond to new NIACE Manifesto

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 13:54

    A Manifesto, detailing the crucial role that lifelong learning can play in a prosperous society and a vibrant economy, will be discussed by leading political figures at NIACE’s Annual Adult Learners’ Week Policy Conference tomorrow in Westminster.

  • Family learning will raise standards in schools

    Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 11:33
    Family learning

    Following Michael Gove's speech this morning on raising standards in schools, NIACE wants to see more emphasis given to the role family learning can play in raising children's attainment.

  • Queen’s Speech underlines need for skills-led economic recovery

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 14:31
    Parliament logo

    NIACE has responded to today’s Queen’s Speech, which lacked enough new proposals for investment in skills training.

  • NIACE and Army commit to continued collaboration until 2017

    Monday, June 2, 2014 - 14:40
    Learning in the Armed Forces

    NIACE will continue working with the Army for another three years on its Adult Learning Support Programme, advising on and assisting with the development of the Army’s skills policy and its implementation across the Service.

  • NIACE maths app awarded ‘App of the Year’

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:16
    Maths Everywhere screenshot

    NIACE’s app to help adults solve everyday maths problems and improve their skills – Maths Everywhere - has won ‘App of the Year’ in the Prolific North Awards, fending off competition from other national nominees including The Guardian, Aldi UK, and Imperial Leather.