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Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning

It’s about work…
Excellent adult vocational teaching and learning

The Commission’s summary report It’s about work… Excellent adult vocational teaching and learning was launched on Monday 25 March 2013 at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Speaking before the launch of the report, chair Frank McLoughlin said:

Photo of Frank McLoughlin, chair of CAVTL

It has been a great privilege to be appointed chair to this independent Commission which has drawn on expertise from all the component parts of the skills system. To reflect the diverse and dynamic nature of our sector we have not taken evidence in Whitehall but have gone out to see the work in situ and to draw lessons from practice to theory.  We have seen genuinely world-class provision in a whole range of settings, much of which challenged the initial assumptions of commissioners. 

What we have consistently found is that the best provision is collaborative in nature, what we are calling the two-way street between providers and employers, and has a clear line of sight to work. We must ensure that our skills system produces a home-grown pipeline of skilled individuals, who can design, develop and deliver the sophisticated technology and high quality products and services which will enable the UK to compete at the highest level.

This report is not the end but the beginning of a process.  It is intended as an agenda for action to raise our collective ambitions for vocational teaching and learning.  I look forward to continuing to work with partners to raise the esteem of adult vocational teaching and learning - it has never been more important."

Frank McLoughlin CBE
Principal of City and Islington College and chair of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning

A central strand of the government’s reform plan for FE and skills, New Challenges, New Chances, was the establishment of an independent Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning to identify and promote outstanding practice.

The independent Commission has been supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the Institute for Learning (IfL) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

You can watch Frank McLoughlin, chair of the Commission, in conversation with David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, discussing the findings of the Commission's summary report.

A transcript of this video is available to download.