Institute of Education


Centre for Post-14 Education and Work launches at the IOE

26 January 2016

Neil Carmichael MP

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) launched its Centre for Post-14 Education and Work today, at an event attended by Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee.

Building on the legacies of the IOE's Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation and National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC), the Centre aims to support improvement in post-14 education and stimulate debate around the relationship between education, working life, and active citizenship.

Shifts in the relationships between employers and the education system mean that all providers of post-14 education and training are set to play a bigger and more significant role in education. With ongoing changes to the way education and training is structured and a reduction in state intervention, local learning systems are increasingly the focus of attention.

Paul Grainger, Co-Director of the Centre said:

"Each year I tell my students that it has been a turbulent one for education and training, and each year it's true. Stability is never on the agenda. It's the price that education and training providers pay of being part of a dynamic, responsive sector. It is important that there is a strong academic, research and development centre dedicated to further and continuing education - professional, vocational, community and work-based learning are fundamental to local prosperity, and a better understanding of how they relate to employment and productivity levels is vital".

Globally there is increased interest in transitions from school to work, training and higher education and a major international, national and regional policy focus on the relationship between learning and work. Changes in technology, learning and the nature of work all come in to play."

To address this the Centre will have a strong research and consultancy function, which will be supported by a dialogue between practitioners, policy and research communities, and through collaboration with government agencies, local organisations, higher education and employers.

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