A new independent research, development and campaigning organisation has launched with the aim of promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.
The Learning and Work Institute, which brings together the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’, will provide opportunities for everyone to realise their potential and ambitions throughout life.
David Hughes, CEO, said: “We believe that better learning and employment opportunities are needed so that more people can achieve in learning, progress at work and be active citizens throughout their lives. We want learning and work to count so that we have a skilled workforce, higher productivity and better paid jobs – that’s good for business, good for the economy, and good for society.
“There has never been a more important time for learning, employment and inclusion issues to be tackled together. With 5 million adults in the UK lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills alongside widening skills gaps, we believe learning investment needs to increase for people across their careers and support people into active retirement.”
“The devolution of employment and skills will provide great opportunities for better support to get people into work and to progress at work, but more needs to be done to understand how to do that and to find out what works best. Better services at local level will lead to more inclusive economic growth.”
The platform will be a powerful voice for adult learners, the low paid, the unemployed and those most disadvantaged in society. It will also offer research and development project services, policy development, statistical analysis, events, conferences and campaigns.
Learning and Work Institute will launch at an event on 13th January and will showcase Ambition London, a new project funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
The project will take a partnership approach, engaging key employers and other stakeholders and will include full outcome evaluation. The project aims to have a sustainable and widespread impact on policy and practice in lifelong learning, employment and inclusion.
Hang Ho, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, JPMorgan Chase Foundation said: “Despite recent growth trends in employment, we know that there are still persistent challenges around unemployment and productivity. That is why we are delighted to work with Learning and Work Institute on Ambition London, which will support those that are stuck in low-paid, low-skilled employment to progress and build a skilled workforce for today and tomorrow.”