For more than a century Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been working for a prosperous and fair society in which learning and work provide opportunities for everyone to realise their potential and ambitions throughout life.
Our strategic partnership is focused on championing how the very best technology can help more people in the UK to engage in learning for work. Together we want to improve the UKs skills base by understanding the challenges, testing new ideas and spreading good practice about how digital tools and technology can help widen access to training and skills development.
“Stark and persistent inequalities in adult learning mean that those who could benefit most are the least likely to participate. This has implications for individuals’ earnings, health and wellbeing, reinforces disparities and limits the UK’s economic growth.
We are delighted to be working partnership with Ufi VocTech Trust to address these imbalances using technology. Through our partnership, we will advocate for the use of the best digital tools and pedagogies to support adults, particularly those furthest from provision, to access learning opportunities and improve their skills.”
Naomi Clayton, Deputy Director, Learning and Work Institute
The benefits of lifelong learning (helping people to find and progress in work, health and wellbeing) are not spread evenly across the UK. There are large inequalities in access to learning by age, socioeconomic group, region and nation, and prior educational attainment and this is a significant problem if we are to deliver the skills we need for the future.
Together, Ufi and L&W are working to show how a tech-enabled skills system can help close these gaps, working to develop new ways of thinking, to influence policy and help implement new approaches.