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    Call for evidence: Workforce of the Future inquiry

    The Skills Commission is inviting submissions to a public call for evidence as part of its ongoing inquiry, the Workforce of the Future

    Careers information, advice and guidance and how it can support transitions into sustainable employment has always been a challenging policy issue, interconnected with social justice issues and skills gaps in the labour market. However, the current crisis offers an opportunity to rethink our approach. Young people and marginalised groups are being hit hardest by the economic consequences of the pandemic, as the sectors of the economy that often recruit school and college leavers – i.e. construction, hospitality and retail – contract, and they compete with more experienced and skilled job seekers. This situation creates a new and urgent imperative for government, the FE and HE sectors, local partners and employers to intervene to support transitions into employment.

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    England's Skills Puzzle

    Co-chaired by Sir John Hayes CBE MP and Barry Sheerman MP, the new Skills Commission report provides seven recommendations for creating a more coherent and responsive skills system to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and lifelong learning in England.

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    FETL Winter Symposium 2019 – ‘Setting up the Future: FE beyond 2020’

    The FETL Winter Symposium 2019 was held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 11th December 2019.

    The event brought together sector leaders, academics and practitioners to discuss how to set out an ambitious, long-term vision for the future of further education beyond 2020. The panel was made up of Baroness Alison Wolf of Dulwich, who was part of the Augar Review into Post-18 Education and Funding; James Kirkup, the Director of the Social Market Foundation; Lesley Davies OBE, principal and CEO of the Trafford College Group; and Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Group Managing Director at the City & Guilds Group. The event was chaired by Stephen Exley, Further Education Editor at Tes.

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    General Election Manifestos 2019: Education and Skills

    Further education and skills has featured prominently in this election. At Policy Connect we've compared the major parties' policies on post-16 education, training and lifelong learning.

    Follow the link below for further information on what the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have to offer:

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    Skills Commission: Future of the Skills System launch

    Four Years on from the Skills Commission's 'Guide to the Skills System' publication, the Commission is preparing to launch it's latest inquiry on how to create a more cohesive skills system.

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    Worth the Wait? Policy Connect Responds to the Augar Review

    “Any rumours on the launch date?”

    For months, in conversations among members of FE and HE, often over warm orange juice and cold croissants at sector conferences and panels, the launch of the Government’s Post-18 Review of Education and Funding has been anticipated. For those who are tired of hearing themselves quip – “let’s see what Augar recommends…” – the report has finally landed.

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    Lords Intergenerational Fairness Committee. Skills Commission. Simon Kelleher. Policy Connect.
    Skills Commission: Lords Intergenerational Fairness Committee

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    Skills Commission Policy Win

    Lords Committee call for increased investment in FE following Policy Connects evidence

    The House of Lords Committee on Intergernational Fairness and Provision has included increased investment for lifelong learning amongst its recommendations for overcoming generational inequalities. 

    Read more about the report and the evidence we presented to the Committee here.

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    Call for Evidence: Future of the Skills System

    How to build a national skills system that responds to local needs and national economic priorities?

    The Skills Commission, Policy Connect and Learning and Work Institute have just launched a new inquiry kindly grant funded by FELT, that will investigate the FE provider base, employer needs, and the implementation of national policy at a local level. By exploring variations across regions the project aims to provide guidance on developing a strategic approach to the nation’s skills policy and develop practical recommendations for the policy, commissioning and delivery of FE. 

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