Downloadable Publications

Help wanted: Getting Britain back to work
19 May 2020

Help wanted: Getting Britain back to work

Unemployment has spiked sharply as a result of the coronavirus crisis and associated social distancing restrictions. During March and April, 2.5 million individuals made claims for Universal Credit, with claims running at seven times their usual...Read more »

Next steps for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
8 May 2020

Next steps for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) supports employers with up to 80% of furloughed employees wages, up to a limit of £2,500 per month. It is due to run until the end of June 2020. This...Read more »

The future of the minimum wage – The worker perspective
31 March 2020

The future of the minimum wage – The worker perspective

The minimum wage is one of the most successful policies in recent decades. Its introduction helped nearly eliminate extreme low pay, and more recent increases have boosted hourly pay for those at the bottom of the...Read more »

Skills Commission: England’s Skills Puzzle
4 March 2020

Skills Commission: England’s Skills Puzzle

The Skills Commission, of which L&W are the inquiry partner, calls on the government to give skills and lifelong learning renewed attention. This new report makes seven recommendations for creating a more coherent and responsive skills system...Read more »

Investing in ‘What Works’ in further education and adult learning
21 January 2020

Investing in ‘What Works’ in further education and adult learning

This policy brief sets out the case for a What Works Centre for further education and adult learning. Completed as part of wider work for the Social Mobility Commission. The paper sets out: the evidence for...Read more »

Improving attainment in the FE and adult learning sector
21 January 2020

Improving attainment in the FE and adult learning sector

Research completed on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission, looking at what interventions improve the level of attainment for disadvantaged students in the further education and adult learning sectors. The report sets out the main research...Read more »

Local skills deficits and spare capacity
16 January 2020

Local skills deficits and spare capacity

This report commissioned by the LGA estimates that not meeting the skills needs of employers could lead to a potential loss of £120 billion in economic output by the end of the decade. The research for...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019
1 January 2020

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019

Learning has positive benefits for individuals, communities and the wider economy. Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to future prosperity, fairness and social inclusion in the UK. Despite the strength of this evidence, the...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2018
7 September 2019

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2018

Learning has positive benefits for individuals, communities and the wider economy. Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to future prosperity, fairness and social inclusion in the UK. Despite the strength of this evidence, the...Read more »

Solent Jobs Programme Evaluation
22 August 2019

Solent Jobs Programme Evaluation

This report presents the findings from the mixed method evaluation of the Solent Jobs Programme (SJP), which was part of the Southampton and Portsmouth City Deal agreement with national government. SJP was funded by the European...Read more »

The Step Up Pilot: Year Three
21 June 2019

The Step Up Pilot: Year Three

Trust for London, the Walcot Foundation and Learning and Work Institute (L&W) collaborated to design a pilot initiative, Step Up, trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work....Read more »

Learning at life transitions
19 June 2019

Learning at life transitions

The WEA commissioned Learning and Work Institute to undertake the research, which was funded and published by the Further Education Trust for Leadership  The new Learning at Life Transitions research report provides insights into what influences adults in their decision-making...Read more »

LEP Support Programme: Apprenticeship Growth
6 February 2019

LEP Support Programme: Apprenticeship Growth

ESFA are currently funding Learning and Work Institute to deliver a programme of support for LEPs to support apprenticeship growth. The programme, which is focussed around National Apprenticeships Week, includes: Support to plan and deliver your...Read more »

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers
15 November 2018

Supporting Young Apprentices: guidance for employers

Young apprentices can be some of the most dedicated workers, bringing fresh perspectives and new skill sets into the workforce. They provide opportunities for employers to ‘grow their own’ and develop a crucial talent pipeline for...Read more »

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years
26 October 2018

Learning, Work, and Health: the next 70 years

The National Health Service was always intended as part of a coordinated package of measures linked to inequalities in housing, welfare, work, and learning. However, over the past seventy years, as demands on the NHS have grown, policies for...Read more »

Barriers to learning for disadvantaged groups
22 August 2018

Barriers to learning for disadvantaged groups

Research shows that participation in learning can have a host of positive benefits for the individual and society, including improved health, wellbeing and productivity. Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to our future prosperity,...Read more »

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2017
22 August 2018

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2017

Learning has positive benefits for individuals, communities and the wider economy . Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to future prosperity, fairness and social inclusion in the UK. Despite the strength of this evidence,...Read more »

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response
14 June 2018

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper: Our Response

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper invited views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and...Read more »

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: qualitative report
31 May 2018

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: qualitative report

This report presents qualitative findings from the Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions early warning trial. The JSA sanctions early warning trial tested the effect of giving claimants facing a sanction an additional 14 days to provide evidence of compliance. The...Read more »

Exploring funding for apprentices with additional needs
31 May 2018

Exploring funding for apprentices with additional needs

Research into the effectiveness of funding to support apprentices with learning difficulties, disabilities or disadvantage. Findings from interviews with apprenticeship providers, employers and third party organisations. This report identifies areas to consider in the future development of...Read more »

European Agenda for Adult Learning
25 April 2018

European Agenda for Adult Learning

On behalf of the Department for Education and the European Commission for the European Union’s Agenda for Adult Learning, we are delivering a programme of work which spans the following themes: Adult Basic Skills, Young Adults...Read more »

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The impact of adult learning across the UK
20 April 2018

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The impact of adult learning across the UK

Since 2015, as part of our work for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, L&W and its partners across the UK have been researching and discussing the impact of adult learning. We have done  this through the...Read more »

15 March 2017

Three Million Apprenticeships – Building ladders of opportunity

Apprenticeships are a great way to combine learning and earning and meet employers’ skills needs. That is why they have a long history dating back several centuries, though today’s apprenticeships have a wider focus including on...Read more »

Question Mark 24 January 2017

What is the difference?

A new critique of adult learning and teaching by Alan Rogers

Useless Learning 23 January 2017

Seriously Useless Learning

The collected TES writings of Alan Tuckett with introduction and narrative by Ian Nash

Globe 23 January 2017

Popular Education, Power and Democracy

Swedish Experiences and Contributions

More Powerful Literacies 23 January 2017

More Powerful Literacies

Edited by Lyn Tett, Mary Hamilton and Jim Crowther

Cubes 23 January 2017

Prescribing Learning

A guide to good practice in learning and health

23 January 2017

Using e-books and e-readers for adult learning

With a focus on adult literacy

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