NIACE and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) announced their intention to become one organisation on 14 July 2015. The announcement, made at the IntoWork Convention, follows the Strategic Alliance of the two organisations which was announced in February this year.
"Our aim is that next year a new organisation will be born that will champion employment, skills and learning for all – especially for the unemployed and those on low incomes," Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the CESI, said.
"The NIACE Board is clear that this merger will help secure the long term future for our work, and provide us with a powerful voice on lifelong learning, skills and employment – promoting the vision for a society in which everyone has opportunities to learn and be supported to achieve their ambitions in life, community and work. Together we believe we can build a reputation as the 'go to' think tank with national influence in learning, skills and employment. This will be supported by practical research, policy development, national events, campaigns and public affairs work,” stated Maggie Galliers, CBE, Chair of the NIACE Board.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:
"Both organisations have contributed greatly across learning, skills and employment policy, research and development. Through our Strategic Alliance it has become clear that we can be an even stronger voice promoting citizenship, inclusive economic growth and a stronger and fairer society. [...] Over the next few months we will be engaging our stakeholders, members and supporters to agree our future priorities. The outcome will be a new, dynamic organisation which will translate research findings into practical, market-tested policy to help people get the opportunities they need to succeed in work and in life."