Politicians from all parties are in agreement on the importance of the UK becoming more socially mobile. People should have the same chances to develop and prosper regardless of the circumstances of their birth.
January is traditionally a time of change, a time when we take stock and assess future ambitions. For many students at colleges and sixth forms across Britain, it's also time to make an important decision about their future - where and what to study for a degree. Fewer things could be more important...
It's a system that's worked since the dawn of time; the master craftsman takes on a young protégé and - through practical experience - teaches them the tricks of the trade until they're proficient enough to start trading alone. Today it's known as an apprenticeship, and they're as vital now as they ever were.
I have always been a huge supporter of the government's push towards apprenticeships. Over a period of 13 years, the previous Labour government completely neglected to take advantage of the potential of apprenticeships. With that in mind, I was pleased to see David Cameron and George Osborne's support for learning whilst you work when they first came to power in 2010.
Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.
It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...
Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.
Apprenticeships have rightly come to be seen as a desirable alternative to higher education for many young people, especially since the rise in tuition fees to £9000 per year. The current situation of rewarding men more than women sends a damaging signal that women's work is less useful. Sectors that offer apprenticeships should be urgently looking to remedy this.
Surely it is time to change things, time to offer a future to those young women who tell me they simply want a job, whose talents are being wasted by society and who are forced to rely on benefits when they could be contributing so much more to the economy?
I imagine for some of you the decision of what happens next will have already been made, university places accepted and bags waiting to be packed. But for others, this decision will not be so clear, and if this is you, it's really important to look at all of the opportunities on offer.
It should read something like: despite working harder and being more successful at school and university women continue to lose out in the workplace. The gender pay gap remains, women are much more likely than men to be stuck in a narrow range of jobs many of which are low paid...
Entrepreneurs have played an important role in the UK's economic recovery and we are key to its continued economic success. Please ensure we are able to pay ourselves more than we shell out in taxes - if you do, I am sure that the country will prosper alongside us.
This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.
For many years vocational education has been stigmatised as only suitable for the 'less bright', and for those that needed to prepare for a specific trade. This is because vocational education directly develops expertise in techniques related to technology, skill and scientific technique to span all aspects of the trade
Having weekly meetings in which I had to present my work and ideas for moving forwards has greatly developed my confidence in giving presentations and developing my ideas in the work place. This practice has helped me significantly at conferences and other scientific events.
Savvy businesses are beginning to understand that well structured apprenticeships don't just help young people to get on the career ladder - they actually offer an immediate financial return on the business' investment