Learning in the Cold:The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Post-16 Education and Skills

Learning in the Cold: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Post-16 Education and Skills sets out the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis on learners, prospective learners, providers and employers in the post-16 education system. 

For the first time, perspectives from across the post-16 education and skills sector are brought together in one paper, providing a comprehensive view on the scale of the challenges and, through recommendations, what needs to be done to sustain participation in learning and training.

Learning in the Cold includes seventeen contributions and recommendations from representative bodies, think tanks, and skills and labour market consultants.Together, they examine the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on:

  • post-16 learners in all forms of education and training;
  • post-16 year-olds who are employed, unemployed or economically inactive but not in full-time education and are claiming welfare benefits;
  • employers and their own investment in training, demand for apprenticeships and engagement in publicly-funded post-16 education and skills more widely, and
  • post-16 education and training providers as trading organisations, as employers of the education and training workforce, as owners of assets which could be used as warm spaces, and the deliverers of education and training opportunities during the winter and beyond.

Authors in Learning in the Cold - The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Post-16 Education and Skills. 

  • Louise Murphy, Economist, Resolution Foundation: The Cost-of-Living and the Energy Crisis for Households
  • James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and 16-19 Year-Olds in Full-Time Further Education
  • Becci Newton, Public Policy Research Director, Institute for Employment Studies: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and 16-18 Year-Olds in Jobs with Apprenticeships
  • Zach Wilson, Senior Analysis Officer and Andrea Barry, Analysis Manager, Youth Futures Foundation: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and 16-24 Year-Olds ‘Not in Full-Time Education’
  • Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Full-Time and Postgraduate Higher Education
  • Liz Marr, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Students, The Open University: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Part-Time Higher Education in England
  • Steve Hewitt, Further Education Consultant: The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Access to HE and Foundation Year Programmes
  • Sophia Warren, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy in Practice: The Cost-of-Living Crisis, Universal Credit, Jobs and Skills Training
  • Paul Bivand, Independent Labour Market Analyst: Economic Inactivity by the Over 50s, the Cost-of-Living Crisis and Adult Training
  • Aidan Relf, Skills Consultant: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Employer Demand for Level 2-7 Apprenticeships
  • Mandy Crawford-Lee, Chief Executive, UVAC: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Employer Demand for Level 4+ Apprenticeships and Part-Time Technical Education
  • Simon Parkinson, Chief Executive, WEA: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Adult Community Learning
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and FE Colleges
  • Jane Hickie, Chief Executive, AELP: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Independent Training Providers
  • Susan Pember, Policy Director, HOLEX: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Adult Education Providers
  • Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and David Etherington, Professor of Local and Regional Economic Development, Staffordshire University: The Cost-of-Living Crisis – The Response of Staffordshire University
  • Chris Hale, Policy Director, Universities UK: The Cost-of-Living Crisis and Universities

The paper concludes with recommendations from Campaign for Learning.

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