Lack of opportunity for young people from low income and more diverse backgrounds is an entrenched problem and there are no easy or quick fixes. Tackling it will require cooperation between businesses and the Government and the proposals I have outlined if pursued diligently and managed competently would be a good start.
London360, produced and presented by young Londoners, will reach more viewers in the capital when it is shown on new TV channel London Live starting...
While there's no doubt that the country has come a long way in terms of gender equality in the workplace, there are still industries where women are significantly under represented. If we look at the engineering sector, for example, only 8% of engineers in the UK are women . In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.
Imagine if we get just half of the Capital's 33,200 young JSA claimants off benefits and into apprenticeships, it would free up hundreds of millions of pounds to help fund these opportunities, getting our youngsters out of the job centre and into the workplace.
George Osborne's Budget announcement last week - a Budget for the 'Makers, Savers and Doers' of Britain - has sparked positive reactions across British industry, gaining admiration even from the sceptics.
This month, we hosted our national conference bringing together leaders in the creative industries, further education educators and employers under a common goal; to equip the next generation of creative pioneers with the skills and experience to ensure the industry worth £71.4 billion as a proportion of GDP, and the fastest growing in the UK, remains world class.
Is it ethical to let a young person go to university in the full knowledge that a degree will serve then with no hope of employment? Is it ethical to supply a student with skills and information that have no relevance to the world of work? Is it ethical let a young person to exchange their money and time for a degree that is materially worthless?
The key to starting to unlock a young person's potential really can be as simple as treating them as such - not succumbing to stereotypes and really listening to them. It may sound obvious but it is a large part of the reason why three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.
Ed Miliband, I have created a far more efficient policy for you to use; the publicity of apprenticeships! Naturally, it doesn't have to be Ed Miliband who develops this idea - so long as somebody showcases the usefulness of apprenticeships any politician should endorse this plan.
With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.
It's National Apprenticeship Week! The popular TV programme 'The Apprentice', like it or loathe it, has probably achieved more than any campaign to raise young people's awareness of apprenticeships...
As a professional consultancy advising and working with developers, contractors and architects we are directly impacted by skills and resource shortages within the environmental, construction and engineering sectors.
The research report The Value of Apprentices presents a compelling case for organisations to take on even one apprentice: every time they do they receive, on average, a bottom-line boost of more than £2,000 once wage and training costs have been factored in.
Last week Ucas revealed a 4% rise in applications and over 87,000 more girls applying than boys, which got me thinking: are most schools still failing to inform their students about the alternatives to university and why are so many more girls applying to university than ever before?
I dropped out of school at 15 with no qualifications, in much the same situation as the residents of James Turner Street on Channel 4's Benefits Street. But thanks to a plumbing apprenticeship, hard work and an old box of tools I bought at an auction, I now own London's biggest independent plumbing firm, which I built myself from the ground up.
News of an increase in British job vacancies this month came as somewhat bitter sweet to employers, training providers and government agencies, who remain united in tackling those challenges still faced by the UK economy.