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  • ESOL for Skills Report Launch
    Fri, 09 Dec
    South Thames Colleges
    09 Dec, 14:00 – 16:00
    South Thames Colleges, Wandsworth High St, London SW18 2PP, UK
    Our latest report argues that enhanced provision of ESOL courses is a vital component of both social integration and of economic growth.
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  • In conversation with...  Lord Blunkett
    15 Dec, 11:00 – 12:00
    Online Event
    Discussing the Blunkett Report's proposed reform of the apprenticeship levy into a "growth and skills levy", and how training support can be targeted at local and sectoral skills "cold spots".
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  • Labour Party's Skills and Education Policy
    17 Jan 2023, 10:30 – 12:00
    London, 1 Parliament St, London SW1A 2JR, UK
    The Lifelong Education Commission will be organising a panel event in Parliament to discuss the Labour Party's skills and education policy vision, following the recent publication of the Report of the Labour Party's Council of Skills Advisers.
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  • In conversation with... Minister Jeremy Miles MS
    01 Feb 2023, 11:00 – 12:00
    Online Event
    Lessons learnt from the integration of further and higher education in Wales for the future structure of the UK's tertiary education, with a particular view to learning from areas of innovation in education provision.
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Previous Events

Making LSIPs Work

29 November 2022

Discussion how LSIPs will work in practice, particularly -the collaboration between ERBs, local authorities, and tertiary education providers

In conversation with... Sir Philip Augar

24 November 2022

Discussing the challenges facing skills and lifelong learning as we gradually enter the next general election cycle, and what comes next for tertiary education.

In Conversation with Jesse Norman MP

14 June 2022

Discussing the role that specialist institutions can play in addressing local skills "cold spots", building on Jesse Norman's experience with the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering in Hereford.

Report Launch: The Role of Microcredentials in Modular Learning

8 June 2022

This report seeks to explore the emerging role of microcredentials in modular learning and how a common understanding can enable alternative pathways to higher level qualifications in the UK.

In conversation with SoS Kwasi Kwarteng MP

16 May 2022

In this monthly session, we welcomed Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to discuss what more can be done to solve the productivity puzzle, linking the country's industrial strategy to skills development, and how a 'Green Skills revolution' can be a driver for growth.

Report Launch: The Future of Higher Technical Education

27 April 2022

Reversing the decline of Higher Technical Education provisions in England could be key to realising the Government's Levelling Up plans.

In conversation with Michael Gove MP

28 March 2022


The Lifelong Education Commission is running a series of monthly online talks, moderated by the Chair Chris Skidmore MP, covering Lifelong Learning, and all things related to policy around Education and Skills.

In this monthly session, we are happy to be welcoming Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, to discuss the Commission's Skills and Levelling Up Manifesto, and how a Skills Strategy needs to align more closely to Devolution and Local powers to deliver on the promise of Levelling Up the country.

Report Launch: Learning Ecosystems

8 March 2022

The Commission's second report seeks to explore how a place-based approach to education and skills can transform lifelong learning. This builds on the experience and practice of partners in Doncaster to establish a local ‘Talent and Innovation Ecosystem’.

Evidence Session - The role of microcedentials in a future skills system

1 March 2021

What are microcredentials? Why do we need them? How do we define them and maximise their utility?

Evidence Session - HTQs and Level 4 and 5 Skills

23 November 2021

This Evidence Session focussed on Higher Technical Qualifications and the role of Universities in delivering Level 4 and Level 5 skills

Evidence Session - Creating a local ecosystem that supports talent and innovation

12 October 2021

This Evidence Session focussed on how Education and Skills can play a role in local agendas, especially when aiming to turn around places, by creating an ecosystem that supports talent and innovation.

Report Launch: The Pathway to Lifelong Education

4 October 2021

In this first report, kindly sponsored by Birkbeck, the Lifelong Education Commission seeks to recommend how the barriers to adult learning can be removed; what future investment is needed to support this; and what change is needed to ensure the maximum flexibility that will benefit learners and deliver on the promise of a whole system change for lifelong education.