Apprenticeships: improving access for people with learning disabilities

In May 2016, the government asked Paul Maynard MP to chair a taskforce to explore how to help more people with learning disabilities access apprenticeships. The taskforce met 3 times to: reach an understanding of the issues and barriers that affect people with learning disabilities in accessing and completing an apprenticeship identify solutions that could [Read more]

London 2014-2020 ESF Programme – Update (Invitation to tender)

Skills Funding Agency launches NEW Invitation To Tender   Basic English Language for the Unemployed The SFA has launched a further round of procurement in London covering the ESOL strand of the ESF 2014-20 Programme. The programme aims to provide bespoke support and pre-entry ESOL training for the unemployed and those economically inactive and seeking [Read more]

Autumn budget: LVSC update

LVSC has released its initial analysis of the autumn budget announced yesterday. Our view on apprenticeships and employment: As expected, apprenticeships featured heavily. Following the announcement in the summer budget of an employer levy to fund 3 million new apprenticeships, the Chancellor clarified this will amount to 0.5% of employer pay bills where the payroll [Read more]

Event: Apprenticeships for ethnic minorities – tackling the key challenges (8 Dec 2014)

From Black Training Enterprise Group: Apprenticeships for ethnic minorities: tackling the key challenges National Conference, 8 December 2014, London Conference Programme (PDF) Registration Link The number of apprenticeships has grown over the last decade and they are an increasingly important route into high quality jobs and careers. All the main political parties plan to further expand [Read more]

NIACE launch Toolkit to support employers to take on disabled Apprentices

LINK: Employer Toolkit – Supporting accessible and inclusive Apprenticeships From National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE): To help more disabled people gain access to Apprenticeships and to help employers gain access to skilled and dedicated workers, a new online toolkit has been launched today by NIACE. The Employer Toolkit was developed through consultation with a number of employers [Read more]

Work Foundation report: ethnic disadvantage behind London’s high rate of youth unemployment

Work Foundation, London: A Tale of Two Cities (April 2014) (PDF) New research on youth unemployment in London from Work Foundation: The youth unemployment rate in London stands at 25 per cent. But this rate masks sharp disparities across the city region. Whilst the inner East of the city still fares poorly, outer London boroughs [Read more]

Grants of £3K available to London employers taking on 16-24 yr old Apprentices

LINK: Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the [Read more]

SFA figures: under-19 Apprenticeships participation and achievement has declined since last year

The Skills Funding Agency has just release its Statistical Release (PDF) for June 2013. It’s a long, detailed document (43 pages) with no London breakdown. While the media release is very upbeat, there is some cause for concern in terms of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds. From the release: Following the large increase between 2009/10 and [Read more]

Work Foundation: international lessons for UK on youth unemployment

A new report from the Work Foundation at youth unemployment internationally, placing a spotlight on Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia, all of which have maintained consistently low levels of youth unemployment despite the economic downturn. The report argues that the UK’s youth unemployment problem cannot be attributed solely to the recession, particularly as other [Read more]