NIACE and CESI to merge

14 July 2015

NIACE and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) have announced their intention to become one organisation. The announcement, made at the IntoWork Convention, follows the success of the two organisations’ Strategic Alliance which was announced in February this year.

Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, said:

“Our aim is that next year a new organisation will be born that will champion employment, skills and learning for all – especially for the unemployed and those on low incomes. Together we will build a new organisation that has a strong policy voice, high standards of research and will be stronger and more sustainable.”

“In the next few months we want to talk with our supporters to share our vision of the new organisation and understand how together we can do more for all of our customers, members and supporters.”

Maggie Galliers, CBE, Chair of the NIACE Board, said: 

“The NIACE Board is clear that this merger will help secure the long term future for our work, and provide us with a powerful voice on lifelong learning, skills and employment – promoting the vision for a society in which everyone has opportunities to learn and be supported to achieve their ambitions in life, community and work.

“Together we believe we can build a reputation as the ‘go to’ think tank with national influence in learning, skills and employment. This will be supported by practical research, policy development, national events, campaigns and public affairs work.”  

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“Both organisations have contributed greatly across learning, skills and employment policy, research and development. Through our Strategic Alliance it has become clear that we can be an even stronger voice promoting citizenship, inclusive economic growth and a stronger and fairer society. 

“The skills and employment agendas are critical for us as a nation: we have an ageing population, immense technological change, too many people without the skills to participate fully in life and a tough labour market for young people and older adults. As Government, LEPs and Combined Authorities focus more on employment support and employer engagement in skills, we will be able to provide solutions to the current challenges of low pay, low productivity, the need for higher labour market participation and skills shortages at all levels, from basic to specialised.

“Over the next few months we will be engaging our stakeholders, members and supporters to agree our future priorities. The outcome will be a new, dynamic organisation which will translate research findings into practical, market-tested policy to help people get the opportunities they need to succeed in work and in life.”

Over the coming months, we to find out what you would like our new organisation to be, and to deliver. You can join the conversation now by tweeting your views @NIACEhq and @InclusionCESI using #niaceinclusion.