Go the distance – research and insights

Through ‘go the distance’, we’re working with insightful colleagues like the Learning & Work InstituteRecruitment and Employment ConfederationMH+A and others to study the economic and labour market context, and draw actionable insights to help providers design and deliver brilliant youth employment programmes.

Top tips

  • 5 tips for building your employability programme. Read more about the key things you can do to ensure your employability programme works.

Blogs and essays

  • Take a look at our latest blog from Brenda McLeish, CEO at Learning Curve Group, as she discusses the opportunities for people and skills through the Government's levelled up Lifetime Skills Guarentee.
  • Check out our long read blog on the youth employment challenge and what we’re doing about it here. In the blog our CEO David Gallagher and Board Advisor Matt Hamnett argue that young people have already been disproportionately impacted by the economic and labour market implications of the pandemic.
  • Getting meta: a recovery that supports sustainable, adaptable careers. Read our latest thought piece from Richard Eyre, Chief Programmes Officer for education charity, The Brilliant Club. 
  • MAC committee warn of social care staffing crisis - Read more.
  • Read our blog on the support for FE and training in Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan.

Podcasts and round tables - Subscribe via our podcast host Podbean.

  • Listen to our new podcast: the scale of the challenge for adult learners. Philip Le Feuvre, NCFE’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Insight, is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the impact of the pandemic on adult learners, government support and the hope that is on the horizon.
  • Listen to our first podcast, where NCFE’s Chief Executive David Gallagher joins Matt Hamnett of MH&A Consultancy, Stephen Evans from Learning and Work Institute and Neil Carberry from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation for an insightful discussion on the challenges of youth employment.
  • You can also listen to our meta skills podcastfeaturing a range of experts discussing Richard Eyre’s thought piece in more detail.
  • NCFE CEO David Gallagher explores ‘What is, or should be, a Lifetime Skills Guarantee?’ in FE Week round table with panel of experts. Watch roundtable session here.

Press releases

  • UK’s young people in crisis with only 18% positive about future career prospects. Read more.

Data round-up

We thought colleagues might also find it helpful if we rounded up some of the most important sources of data on the pandemic, economy and labour market. Colleagues at the Learning & Work Institute have produced a wide range of relevant research and analysis which you can find here. Likewise, the REC produces regular updates on labour market activity and insights which you can find here.

  • You can find the latest Government advice, including on local restrictions here.
  • You can find the latest ONS datasets on Covid-19, including analysis of the social impact of the pandemic here.
  • You can find the latest ONS labour market data, including most recent employment and  unemployment statistics here.
  • You can find the latest ONS economic performance data, including e.g. GDP estimates, here.
  • You can find newly released data from the Institute for Employment Studies here.

‘go the distance’, we’re working with insightful colleagues like the Learning & Work Institute, Recruitment and Employment Confederation, MH+A and others to study the economic and labour market context, and draw actionable insights to help providers design and deliver brilliant youth employment programmes.

Blogs and podcasts

We’ll publish a series of blogs and podcasts on relevant themes throughout the autumn. Keep an eye on this page for our latest. Subscribe via our podcast host Podbean.

  • Traineeships: the hidden gem of skills policies. Read our 5 suggestions for how to make a traineeship programme sing.
  •  NCFE CEO David Gallagher explores ‘What is, or should be, a Lifetime Skills Guarantee?’ in FE Week round table with panel of experts. Watch roundtable session here.
  • Getting meta: a recovery that supports sustainable, adaptable careers. Read our latest thought piece from Richard Eyre, Chief Programmes Officer for education charity, The Brilliant Club. You can also listen to our meta skills podcast featuring a range of experts discussing Richard’s thought piece in more detail.
  • UK’s young people in crisis with only 18% positive about future career prospects. Read more.
  • Check out our first, long read blog on the youth employment challenge and what we’re doing about it here. In the blog our CEO David Gallagher and Board Advisor Matt Hamnett argue that young people have already been disproportionately impacted by the economic and labour market implications of the pandemic.  Given the long-term scarring impact that a prolonged period of youth employment can have on an individual, we’re determined to act. You can also listen to our first podcast, where NCFE’s Chief Executive David Gallagher joins Matt Hamnett of MH&A Consultancy, Stephen Evans from Learning and Work Institute and Neil Carberry from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation for an insightful discussion on the challenges of youth employment.
  • MAC committee warn of social care staffing crisis - Read more.
  • Find out more about the Prime Minister’s plans for a Lifetime Skills Guarantee in our blog.
  • Read our blog on the support for FE and training in Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan.
  • 5 tips for building your employability programme. Read more about the key things you can do to ensure your employability programme works.
  • 16-19 tuition fund - £96m available for the 2020-21 academic year for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from Covid-19. Read more about the 16-19 tuition fund.
  • Read more about how retaining the £20 social security uplift in the autumn budget is essential for low income families. Read more.

Data round-up

We thought colleagues might also find it helpful if we rounded up some of the most important sources of data on the pandemic, economy and labour market.  Colleagues at the Learning & Work Institute have produced a wide range of relevant research and analysis which you can find here.  Likewise, the REC produces regular updates on labour market activity and insights which you can find here.

  • You can find the latest Government advice, including on local restrictions here.
  • You can find the latest ONS datasets on Covid-19, including analysis of the social impact of the pandemic here.
  • You can find the latest ONS labour market data, including most recent employment and  unemployment statistics here.
  • You can find the latest ONS economic performance data, including e.g. GDP estimates, here.
  • You can find newly released data from the Institute for Employment Studies here.

NCFE guide to the government’s Plan for Jobs

This guide was created by Paul Turner, NCFE Policy Specialist, and is designed to help employers understand what’s on offer and enable them to decide which course of action to take to help their business during this difficult period.

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Go the Distance podcasts

Listen to our latest podcast for an insightful take on the current state of youth employment and the skills essential for recovery, featuring a range of experts from the sector. 

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Opportunities for people and skills through the Government’s levelled up Lifetime Skills Guarantee

Hear more from our guest blogger Brenda McLeish, CEO, Learning Curve Group

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