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    Angela Rayner, Lilian Greenwood and Gillian Keegan MP address the Skills Commission reception

    Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner MP, and Conservative's Gillian Keegan addressed a reception held by the Skills Commission for its Spotlight On... series of research.

    The research series focuses on struggling parts of the skills system, including young people who don't achieve passing grades, older workers, and apprenticeships and social mobility.

    "We need to think about the more than 50% who don't go to university" said Angela Rayner MP, "We all benefit when people access education... Adult education has a role to play in raising productivity, and reduces unemployment."

    Chair, Peter Mayhew-Smith, commented that "the Spotlight Reports are about making sure people from challenging backgrounds get the support needed".

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    Government can support the UK’s leading digital economy to grow further

    As we move into the era of the Internet of Things it is time to take stock of the energy and carbon cost of being increasingly on-line. High energy bills, new efficient ICT technologies, and regulations have kept the proportion of electricity used by ICT products and services in check. However, there is a risk that with a growing dependence on connected devices and digital technologies, energy efficiency gains will stall and our carbon footprint from using the net may soar.  

    The government needs to lead the way as it develops digital services to citizens which will themselves increase Internet use.  The government should also help consumers to understand better their energy footprint from being online, such as through stronger energy labelling systems which already exist for kitchen appliances. 

    Read more in our news article below, and download the report here.

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    Opportunity to boost access for young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds says 'Spotlight on... Apprenticeships and Social Mobility' report

    Now is the time to make them work for young people say Co-Chairs Michelle Donelan MP and Lillian Greenwood MP.

    It calls for better monitoring of apprenticeship starts by social background and welcomes progressive apprenticeship reforms, and believes more can be done to help young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds access these opportunities. One key recommendation focuses on provision of affordable transport for apprentices, and financial support for families so they can help apprentices to afford to work and go to college.

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    Are students missing out as HE moves towards 'one size fits all' models of delivery?

    Policy Connect and the Higher Education Commission released One Size Won’t Fit All: the Challenges Facing the Office for Students.

    Our report calls on the newly-founded Office for Students to recognise that the funding structures in higher education are fundamentally flawed. They force alternative providers to move towards standard campus-based, three year degrees - not providing better student choice or flexible courses. These factors reduce diversity in options for study and therefore limit opportunity for social mobility for those who most need flexible higher education.

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