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Skills Commission launches third 'Spotlight' inquiry on apprenticeships and social mobility

Extended Deadline: Skills Commission extends call for evidence to investigate how the Government's apprenticeship reforms can support its social mobility agenda.

The Skills Commission’s Spotlight series is launching its third cross-party inquiry, examining the impact of recent apprenticeship reforms on the opportunities available to disadvantaged young people aged 16-24. This timely inquiry will be co-chaired by Conservative MP Michelle Donelan, and Labour MP Lilian Greenwood, alongside sector expert Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Kingston and Carshalton Colleges. 

Timely 'Spotlight' report on older workers launches online

People in Britain are living longer and as a result, many are working longer than ever before. Despite a number of policy drives aimed at delaying retirement, questions remain on how employers will adapt their policies to suit a more age-diverse workforce and how skills provision can deliver for an ageing population. Furthermore, the potential outcome of the UK’s decision to leave the EU makes concerns over labour supply even more acute.

Lords pass bill amendment so pupils and businesses can meet in schools for tailored career development

The Skills Commission welcomes the timely amendment to the Technical and Further Education Bill which will see collaboration between local business, schools and colleges to ensure pupils benefit from knowledge of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. This amendment directly reflects recommendations recently issued by the Skills Commission - following two key reports from the Commission recommending better Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and for educational centres to become skills hubs with local businesses.