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    Skills Commission reception
    Skills Commission reception

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    Skills Commission seeks evidence for fourth 'Spotlight' inquiry on women in engineering

    In the ‘Year of Engineering’, the Skills Commission are conducting a 6 month inquiry as part of its Spotlight series, examining women in engineering and the skills system. This timely inquiry will be co-chaired by Lucy Allan MP, Preet Gill MP and Professor Sandra McNally.  This inquiry is kindly supported by the Learning & Work Institute, the Gatsby Foundation, the Hadlow Group and Veolia. 

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    EduSkills blog: Skills Commission Reception

    It’s been a busy week for team EduSkills, as we hosted a Parliamentary reception for the Skills Commission on Wednesday to celebrate the Commission’s Spotlight series, with a keynote address from Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner MP. For the last two years, the Spotlight series has been shining a light on overlooked groups within the skills system, with the latest report looking at apprenticeships and social mobility

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    A Spotlight on...Apprenticeships and Social Mobility launches online

    The Skills Commission is pleased to launch its third report in the Spotlight series, A Spotlight on Apprenticeships and Social Mobility

    As large scale reforms to the apprenticeship system have been introduced, the Skills Commission has set out to examine whether these reforms support the Government's ambitions on social mobility. Following a six month cross-party inquiry, co-chaired by Michelle Donelan MP, Lilian Greenwood MP and Peter Mayhew-Smith, the report looks at the barriers to accessing apprenticeships such as travel, living costs and social and cultural obstacles. 

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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. 

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    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.

    This report explores the challenges facing older workers in accessing, progressing in- and sustaining themselves in the labour market. It argues that we must adopt a new approach to education and training, continually developing the workforce rather than frontloading education and training at the start of one’s adult life.

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    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.

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    Going Places: leading innovation in further education & skills report launches

    Skills Commission issues report calling for strategic skills funding decisions for devolution

    The Skills Commission is calling for devolution funding to be based on an area’s ambition and need, not just population or business size, to ensure devolved areas can fill the skills gap. 

    Lord David Blunkett, Barry Sheerman MP, Dame Ruth Silver and Neil Bates, Principal and CEO of the UK’s first college of advanced technology, have come together with the Skills Commission to launch its new report Going Places: innovation in further education and skills in the Houses of Parliament on 8th December.

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    A spotlight on... young people launches online

    The Skills Commission is pleased to launch its first Spotlight report 'Young people with below average academic attainment and the skills sector'.

    Among many areas of the young person's pathway through skills and below average academic attainment, the report highlights how there has been a significant increase in young people aged 17+ failing to reach the benchmark grades in English and maths, following policy changes mandating young people to retake GCSE maths and English, if they have not achieved a C or above at 16.

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The Skills Commission is an independent body comprising of leading figures from across the education sector that meets every month in Parliament to discuss important issues in skills, training and further education policy.

The work of the Skills Commission is supported by: 

The Edge Foundation Jisc Skills & Education Group