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Gooch, Becca; Stevenson, Alex – Learning and Work Institute, 2020
Conversation clubs provide spaces for participants to practise their English language speaking skills in a friendly, supportive and informal environment. Informal volunteer-led provision takes a number of forms and there is no standard approach or model of training, resources or materials to which volunteers adhere. There is huge value in…
Descriptors: Clubs, Interpersonal Communication, Language Skills, English (Second Language)
Learning and Work Institute, 2020
There is a growing need for people to upskill and retrain throughout their working lives in response to technological and economic changes. Employees need to adapt and take on board new information and ways of working, but may lack confidence in their skills to be able to keep pace with their employer's business. Addressing literacy, numeracy and…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Job Training, Retraining, Foreign Countries
Learning and Work Institute, 2020
The Department for Education commissioned Learning and Work Institute to undertake a review to collate and synthesise the range of evidence on challenging education, employment and training disengagement and inactivity amongst young people aged 15-24. The Government has committed to providing effective early intervention for young people at-risk…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Young Adults, At Risk Persons, Out of School Youth
Learning and Work Institute, 2020
Using findings from research and evaluation is essential to facilitate evidence-informed decision making across the adult learning and skills sector. This is especially pertinent at a time of rapid and far reaching change in how adult education is funded, commissioned and delivered. It is important to understand how and in what ways evidence is…
Descriptors: Evidence, Adult Learning, Research Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
Learning and Work Institute, 2020
At the request of the Department for Education, L&W undertook a small-scale, time-limited stakeholder consultation to provide an up-to-date picture on ESOL learners' progression to Functional Skills English qualifications (FSE). Building on earlier research and stakeholder engagement, L&W conducted stakeholder and provider interviews, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Learning Processes
Learning and Work Institute, 2020
Adult education, learning and skills providers are familiar with the longstanding national challenge of poor adult basic skills, and many providers use their Adult Education Budget funding to offer English and math classes for adults. In recent years, there has been a focus on supporting unemployed adults to achieve the good literacy and numeracy…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Skill Development, Workplace Learning
Evans, Stephen – Learning and Work Institute, 2019
The Commission on Education and Employment Opportunities for Young People (Youth Commission) aims to find ways to improve education and employment opportunities for England's 16-24-year olds. Previous reports have analysed how challenges for this population vary across England, and how demographic and economic changes will alter the context for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Late Adolescents
Evans, Stephen – Learning and Work Institute, 2019
The Commission on Education and Employment Opportunities for Young People (Youth Commission) aims to find ways to improve education and employment opportunities for England's 16-24-year olds. The Commission's first report (see ED604277) identified five key challenges: (1) Better supporting 700,000 young people not in education, employment or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employment Opportunities, Educational Opportunities, Youth Opportunities
Learning and Work Institute, 2019
The Commission on Education and Employment Opportunities for Young People (Youth Commission) aims to find ways to improve education and employment opportunities for England's 16-24-year olds. The Commission's first report (see ED604277) identified five key challenges: (1) Better supporting 700,000 young people not in education, employment or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employment Opportunities, Educational Opportunities, Youth Opportunities
Learning and Work Institute, 2019
More than 5 million adults lack both functional literacy (below level 1) and numeracy (below entry level 3); an estimated 11.5 million adults do not have basic digital skills; and one in five adults do not have basic financial capabilities. Around 850,000 people have English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) needs. At the same time,…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Evans, Stephen; Egglestone, Corin – Learning and Work Institute, 2019
Learning and skills contribute to economic growth both directly, by improving the skills base available to employers, and indirectly, by underpinning the five foundations of productivity identified by the government: ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment, and places. This is the case for all levels of learning from basic skills to…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Social Justice, Foreign Countries, Literacy
Learning and Work Institute, 2019
This report explores best practice in the design and delivery of pre-apprenticeship programmes across Europe. For the purposes of this project, pre-apprenticeship programmes are defined as programmes targeted at young people aged 16-24, where at least one of the stated aims is progression to an apprenticeship. Across Europe, some programmes are…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice, Instructional Design, Apprenticeships
Stevens, Connor; Egglestone, Corin; Stevenson, Alex; Patel, Ash – Learning and Work Institute, 2019
This report sets out the results of work undertaken by Learning and Work Institute (L&W) in 2017/18 to develop and test the use of social metrics in Adult Community Learning provision to capture a range of wider outcomes of learning. The report highlights lessons learned, examples of effective practice and suggests ways in which the use of…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Outcome Measures, Accreditation (Institutions)
Plant, Helen, Ed.; Ravenhall, Mark, Ed. – Learning and Work Institute, 2019
"Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The Impact of Adult Learning across the UK" identifies a range of economic and social policy challenges confronting the four nations today and argues that adult learning can make an important contribution to addressing these and promoting a fairer and more inclusive society. Published in 2017, the report draws…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education
Richmond, Tom; Maher, Jo; Peate, Annie; Crook, Jeremy; Tregelles, Jan; Gale, Mark; Easton, Carole; Hutchings, Dexter; Kinross, Ben; Dromey, Joe; Nugent, Julie – Learning and Work Institute, 2018
An essay collection with leading experts sets out ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure fair access to training. Despite the United Kingdom's recent apprenticeship reforms, the number of apprenticeship starts is down 25%, leaving the government increasingly off target for its aim of three million starts by 2020. The essays also…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
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