Firm Direction: Kids Company and Ministerial Directions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

As my colleague Jill Rutter pointed out in her blogpost, the news that Kids Company may be about to close its services 'provides rapid vindication' of...

My Top 5 Songs of 2014

Colin McQuistan | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

So 2014 comes to an end and another skull crushingly dull X-Factor winner tops the charts. Yay! But leaving Nicki Minaj's dreadfully inept Anaconda and Avril Levigne's hilariously awful Hello Kitty! aside, it's actually been a great year for music and some genuinely enjoyable songs have sailed its waves. Yarrrr!

Woohoo! Nearly 2M Apprenticeships Created Since Last General Election

PA | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Twice as many apprenticeships have been created since the last general election, with the total in England nearing two million, the Government has ann...

Five of the Most Controversial Musical Acts of All Time

Colin McQuistan | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin McQuistan

GG Allin was the most controversial front man that ever lived. Anyone that tells you otherwise lies. GG Allin would self harm, defecate, urinate and fight his way through gigs. He died of a heroin overdose after performing at The Gas Station in Manhattan in 1993.

The UK Business Department Must Partner With Industry, Not Rule Over It

Ann McKechin | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Despite being the government department charged with representing the interest of business around the Cabinet table, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has worryingly little direct input from the business sector when it comes to conducting their own work.

Apprentices Boosted UK Business by £1.8billion Last Year

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK
Jane Scott Paul

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.

Lucy Sherriff

Lib Dem MEP Advertises Up To Six MONTHS Unpaid Internship | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Correction: The headline of this article has been changed to clarify the internship is for up to six months. A Lib Dem MEP is advertising an intern...

Five BILLION Unaccounted For After Government 'Loses Track' Of Students Who've Borrowed Money

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More than £5bn is unaccounted for because the government has lost track of students who borrowed the money to pay for university tuition fees, it has...

It's Official: Government Sells Student Loans Worth £890m To Private Company For £160m

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Student loans taken out between 1990 and 1998 and worth £890m have been sold to a private company for £160m, the government has confirmed, in a high...

LEPs and Whitehall - A Closer Link Is Essential

John Lehal | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

The Government has introduced core-funding to remove the reliance of LEPs on local authorities. For many this may seem confusing, given that deploying central government funding to minimise local government influence is surely still an example of government control.

A Cyber Health Check for Business

Victoria Woodbine | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Victoria Woodbine

The project is a great opportunity for company Boards to understand and manage risks that have the potential to cause major damage to their business. Companies can demonstrate leadership by making cyber a major part of risk management across their whole business.

Education Is a Global Industry Which the UK Is in Prime Position to Lead

John Fallon | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
John Fallon

Education is now emerging as a recognised global industry, estimated to be worth almost £3trillion annually and worth £17.5billion to the UK economy. This is perhaps not surprising, as improving learning outcomes is now fundamental to nearly every country's growth plan as they look to compete in the global economy.

Lucy Sherriff

Government Wants More International Students.. | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

International students coming to the UK have been caught up in a "horrible numbers game," Vince Cable has admitted. He made the comment as a new dr...

Should Apprenticeships Be Graded Like Degrees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Apprenticeships should be graded to differentiate between hard workers and "someone who has just plodded along", young people have urged government. ...

'Radical' Apprenticeship Reforms Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The Government unveiled plans on Wednesday to "radically reform" apprenticeships, including moves to give training money directly to employers. Min...

Apprentice of the Week: Nathan Patience Of Channel 4

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Visit our new dedicated apprenticeship section, featuring a live jobs feed. Introducing.. Name: Nathan Patience Job Title: Designer Company: ...

India Is Telling Its Students We Don't Want Them, Warns Cable

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Public "panic" over immigration is causing economic harm to the UK, Vince Cable has warned. He said overseas students were being deterred from stud...

Lucy Sherriff

Proactive Or Patronising? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Poorer students who achieve top marks in their GCSE exams will receive a "well done" letter from ministers, it has been revealed, prompting accusation...

New 'Name And Shame' Supermarket Watchdog Appointed

Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Supermarkets will be named and shamed if they don't treat their suppliers fairly, thanks to a new watchdog position created by the government. Chri...

'30,000 Students Put Off University Due To Tuition Fee Hike'

PA | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Up to 30,000 fewer students may have started university courses this year following the tuition fee hike, the government's fair access tsar has sugges...

Students Ditching University In Their Thousands

PA | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The number of students in England applying to university has slumped by almost 10%, official figures show. The latest Ucas statistics reveal that a...

'There Should Be As Many Apprenticeships As There Are University Places'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

There should be as many apprenticeships on offer to school leavers as there are university places, a former Labour schools minister has said. Lord ...

Graduate Rejected For Tony Blair Intern Role As He Couldn't Afford To Work For Free

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A graduate has reportedly been rejected after applying for an unpaid internship at Tony Blair's private office because he cannot afford to work for fr...

Charlie Thomas

Could Recycling Cash Flows Negate The Need For Business Loans? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

CashFlows has become the latest player to enter the UK business bank account arena, with pledges to save businesses £1bn before the government's Busi...

Green Investment Bank Must Engage With Existing Eco-Investors

Charlie Thomas | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK

The government's Green Investment Bank must now engage with existing environmentally ethical investors to truly understand the limitations facing the ...