Learning and Work Institute is the UK’s national voice dedicated to championing and promoting lifelong learning for all. For almost a century we have been passionately supporting adult learning and we think it’s even more vital today than it was when we first started:
- Skills investment is heavily focused on the young and prioritises Higher Education – yet the Further Education budget has been cut by a third over this parliament with 1 million adult learning opportunities lost.
- Since 24+ Advanced Learning Loans were introduced, numbers of learners at level 3 and 4 have dropped from 400,000 in 2012/13 to 57,000 in 2013/14.
- Over the next 10 years there will be 13.5 million job vacancies in the UK labour market, but only 7 million new labour market entrants to fill them.
- The UK lags behind in skills league tables – 15th out of 34 in the OECD for literacy and 17th for numeracy, with one in five UK adults lacking these basic skills.
- By 2015, 90% of jobs in the EU will need basic computer skills, but half of UK adults lack these skills.
- Apprenticeships have increased by 75% since 2010 but research shows that there is little impact on pay, career and learning progression afterwards and access for disabled and minority ethnic groups is very low.
- Parents’ education has a direct impact on their children – family learning could increase children’s development by as much as 15 percentage points.
By becoming a Learning and Work Institute Supporter you will join the one organisation actively campaigning for a society in which everyone has opportunities to learn throughout life. It’s free and it’s your chance to help us shape our future campaigns to reflect what matters to learners, practitioners, opinion formers and policy makers.
Just complete our simple registration form here to become a Supporter of Learning and Work Institute today and:
- Stay informed with the latest policy briefings, news bulletins, outcomes from our research into current learning and skills issues.
- Help us shape our policy through consultations, debates, focus groups and other activities.
- Keep your professional skills up-to-date with conferences, events, webinars and resources for practitioners.