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This perspective piece is aimed at those with an interest in the development of national financial capability strategies and those who are developing or implementing financial capability programmes.
On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years, and introduces a wide range of reforms that aim to make the benefits and tax credits systems fairer and simpler.
This guide has been produced by the Scottish Government's Lifelong Learning Directorate to support practitioners to undertake initial assessment with their learners. Its aim is to help standardise initial assessment approaches, so that the learner can be placed in the appropriate provision.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published Guidance Note 6, a document which covers 2011/12 changes to funding policy. The SFA is allocating £2.4bn through the Adult Skills Budget for 2011/12. There is an expectation that the sector will increase the level of income secured from individuals and employers during 2011/12, and 2.5% of providers' indicative allocation will be used for Job Outcome Incentive Payments.
This review carried out by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) concludes that PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS (and the subject-specific variants to these qualifications) need updating to meet more effectively the needs of the lifelong learning workforce.
PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS teaching qualifications – generic and Skills for Life options (literacy, numeracy and ESOL) available for January 2011 at Newcastle College
This literature review looks at how adults’ basic skills can be improved through family, workbased and flexible learning. It also looks at two specific components within basic skills: financial capability and employability skills. A programme report, leaflet, conference paper, discussion paper and presentation slides are now available to download.
ESOL case studies showing effective practice in Scotland can now be viewed on the ESOL Scotland website. These 18 case studies have been chosen as examples of effective practice in the provision and delivery of ESOL in Scotland.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has brought together a wide range of resources specially designed to support anyone with a passion for creating, supporting or delivering high quality informal learning
The Government will continue to support basic skills provision in order to ensure individuals are given the chance to gain basic numeracy and literacy skills. However, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) funding for people not in settled communities will be abolished in 2012.
The Government has received the report ‘Securing a Sustainable Future for Higher Education’ – an independent review of higher education and student finance
The BBC has launched First Click, a campaign to encourage people to get online. This is a major new media literacy campaign to encourage people in the UK to take the first steps to get online.
This survey, by Ofsted, set out to determine the benefits of employers’ involvement in government-funded work-related education and training, and to identify the features of good practice and the ways in which provision could be further improved
The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices came into effect from 1 October for young people aged 16-18 and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship
Next Step provides information, advice and resources to help adults make more effective choices about skills, careers, work and life. Adults can access the service online, or with the help of an adviser either on the telephone or face-to-face.
Getting a new job has a massive impact on your finances. BBC raw have produced online information about getting a bank account, saving while you’re at work, understanding your payslip and more.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) website now contains a compendium of information and fact sheets on Skills for Life and Functional Skills
Skills Minister John Hayes has set out his vision for apprenticeships and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to work-based learning and training
Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford has called for equal status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the teaching qualifications for FE and schools respectively
Reading for Life is a campaign that focuses on those who are least likely to read. The new Reading for Life website has tips and advice, free downloads, competitions and games.
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