4 February 2015

Skills Training UK welcomes NIACE Family Learning Inquiry

Skills Training UK has welcomed the launch of the NIACE Family Learning Inquiry which will look into what needs to happen to put family learning back at the heart of Government agendas on education and training.

The inquiry was launched at “Forgotten Families”, a seminar attended by NIACE’spatron, HRH The Princess Royal, who said: “This is an issue I have been involved with for a very long time and it is a really important subject. I hope this Inquiry will enable people from different fields to work together and that family learning programmes will be recognised as integral to the education process.”

Keynote speakers at the launch included Martin Dunford OBE, chief executive of Skills Training UK; Sarah Teague, Commissioner of Learning and Skills at Isle of Wight Council and Lynn McDonald, Founder of Families and Schools Together.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, spoke at the event about family learning on the Progress! programme which is helping out of work families to make positive changes which lead them closer to employment.

Progress! is delivered by Skills Training UK and local partners in the South East who work with Children’s Centres and Youth Services and with many community and outreach centres to enable the best possible local access for individuals and families.

Speaking at the event, Martin Dunford OBE said: “Where a family has a history of worklessness, it is valuable
to engage with all family members to attempt to ‘break the cycle’ and create an environment for change. The Progress! programme provides the holistic approach which is needed to achieve this.”

Hosted by Ian Powell, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, “Forgotten Families” brought together a number of different speakers and delegates to examine the contribution that learning in families makes to policy agendas. Attendees included members of the House of Lords, various organisations working with families and adult learners, government department representatives, broadcasters and learners.

NIACE’s lead for the Inquiry, Jan Novitzky, said: “We know that learning in families develops both adults’ and children’s skills, improves health and employability and has a significant contribution to make to agendas around supporting families. We want to demonstrate this with the Inquiry, as well as to look at how we place family learning back at the heart of policy, research and development.”

For more information about the NIACE Family Learning Inquiry, which runs until 30 June 2013 see www.niace.org.uk/current-work/family-learning-inquiry.

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