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    Simon Kelleher.  Lords Intergenerational Committee. Policy Connect. Skills Commission
    Simon Kelleher at the Lords Intergenerational Committee

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    Time to embrace the future with a Minister for Lifelong Learning

    Head of Education & Skills, Simon Kelleher, provides evidence for the Lord’s Intergenerational Fairness Committee

    Drawing on the Commission's Spotlight research Mr Kelleher called for:

    • -Leadership to drive a cultural shift in our approach to lifelong learning;
    • -Tailoring of existing policies to support this shift;
    • -New approaches to support individuals and employers in a changing world.
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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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    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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    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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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