UK Employment

Why Mental Health Matters to Me

Justin Tomlinson | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Tomlinson

Almost a quarter of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance today have a mental health condition. For many, poor mental health will be the cause of their joblessness, for others it will be the effect. But regardless of which, these people need better support and we're going to do something about it. That's why we're investing £40m to introduce a range of pilots to find out how best we can support people with mental health conditions in looking for work. I want to bust some of the myths around this. I have heard it claimed that people will be forced into participating in these schemes. This is completely untrue.

The Rise of the Disabled Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Elizabeth Wright

I get a sense that there are a lot of frustrated people with disabilities, that genuinely feel that their skills and experience are disregarded in the job market because they are seen as purely a number, a tick in a tick box system.

Degrees - Are They Really Worth It?

Michelle Dewberry | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Michelle Dewberry

There needs to be a reconnect between higher education and the jobs economy. We need to make sure that people moving into higher education will actually be exiting the system with qualifications which are relevant and aligned with the jobs that businesses and the like are creating.

Does Your Workforce Reflect Your Customer Base?

Justin Tomlinson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Tomlinson

This government is committed to working towards full employment in the UK - and people with disabilities are not excluded from this bold ambition. Businesses striving for success need to be proactive in snapping up this talent before their competitors do.

From Turning Up In Flip Flops To Quitting On Day One, Graduates 'Don't Have The Discipline They Need To Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Elise Metcalf | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

You spend years in the classroom, ceaseless facts and information needling its way into every nook and cranny of your brain until you slur algebra in ...

Teen Told She Couldn't Work Any More Hours At McDonald's - Because 'Black Staff Are Underperforming'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who wanted to take on extra shifts at McDonald's to save for university says she was told by her boss she would not be able to because "she...

Clearing the Way: How Can Universities Remain Attractive in the Face of Financial Pressures and Corporate Alternatives?

Jon Bennett | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Jon Bennett

This week, the pressure is on for students to find a place and for universities to win them over. But after the mad rush to bring in last minute recruits will come the even bigger challenge; to compete successfully over the long term in a marketplace with more players and more competition than ever before.

Why Not Just Throw Those Uni Offers in the Bin This Results Day?

Adam Bradford | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

I turned my back on University to set up in business and with the help of support agencies in my hometown of Sheffield I have never looked back... In the 21st Century connected world, if you put your mind to it you can definitely achieve it. Get a mentor, approach employers, take part in training opportunities and good luck!

Helping the Disabled Enables Society

Teresa Scott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I work with many people who struggle with long-term disability and its impact upon their employment. Whilst they have some of the toughest obstacles to overcome because so much is beyond their control, they are often the most inspiring examples of determination.

Says Yes to TTIP

Lewis Worrow | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

The cost of losing this progress will be dear otherwise, a cost that will mostly be felt by consumers. It is time to say goodbye to import tariffs and restrictions on trade and welcome a more competitive Europe.

Ten Top Tips for Students to Make the Most Out of Their Summer

Greg Thompson | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Greg Thompson

With summer fast approaching for students, they are planning what to do, where to go and who to see. For teachers it's really important that students are also preparing for their next school, college or university term - so that's why the top tips below are connected to learning!

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...

Most Common Job Hunting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

The latest NEET figures show that one in eight young people are still not in education, employment or training. While there are many reasons for this, often, it can be simple things during the job application process that hold young people back. LifeSkills created with Barclays is a programme that aims to help young people build their employability skills and help them when they are applying for jobs. Below are some of the most common job hunting mistakes we see and tips on how to avoid them:

Flexible Working Still Isn't Flexible Enough

Alfie Stirling | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alfie Stirling

Flexible working in its current form, where many women are expected to work fewer hours than men in all phases of their life time, simply isn't flexible enough for anyone.

Rapper Tinie Tampah's charity to help unemployed graduates

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Jacobs | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Tinie Tempah is an award-winning rapper, fashion icon and record label owner, and now he can add philanthropist to his CV too. The rapper is settin...

Are Leaders Born or Trained?

James Caan CBE | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

I am often asked whether leaders are born or trained and personally, I believe that a healthy dose of both is what truly defines our best leaders... My thirty years in business has taught me that as employers it's up to us to identify employees with potential and develop them to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Paige.

Life After Exams - What to Do While You're Waiting for Results

Darren Jaundrill | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Darren Jaundrill

Many of you have finished your exams for the year and the rest will be finishing soon. And that means your immediate future, while you wait for your results, is a unique period of around six weeks where everything can feel very uncertain. But while it's a nerve-wracking time, it's also a period of opportunity.

Life Inertia

Lara Ruffle Coles | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Ruffle Coles

Trying to fill your days with productive and proactive work is difficult - even if you are learning to drive or have evening activities to go to etc. I'm very lucky that I don't have money worries, but for people who are job searching without financial support, it must be a complete nightmare, and so stressful.

Is Having Fun a Positive Step Towards Getting a Job?

Simon Stevens | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe if we are doing work we enjoy, it does not feel like work, and we are motivated to push ourselves and our capabilities. Getting a job should not be the end goal, but rather being happy.

Have We Fully Embraced Diversity in Our Workforce?

James Barber | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
James Barber

The UK employment gap between white and minority communities is worsening and will continue to widen if this issue isn't addressed.

Will 2015 Be the Year of the U-Turn in Vocational Education?

Joanne Harper | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joanne Harper

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

Young People Must Engage With Trade Unions

James Walker | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

You said goodbye to your first job long ago. You may have flipped burgers, pulled bricks around a building site, or sat behind a till trying to find the Marlboro Golds. Whatever it was you were doing, one thing is almost certain: your first job was a shit job. Chances are the job you have now is no less painful than the first.

Your CV May Be Holding You Back, Here's How To Fix It

Tremaine du Preez | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tremaine du Preez

The traditional CV is a relic of the pre-electronic age, it seems to be going the way of big hair and platform shoes as it retreats into the ever lengthening shadows of the digital world. You can no longer afford to be a subject matter expert and nothing more. You are a business and your career is the product of how you position yourself across different platforms as well as the risks that you take. Your CV should reflect this in a way that is as unique as you are.

Working With Depression

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

A doctor recently told me that no company will want to hire someone who has prolonged absences, as if I hadn't realised that myself. As if finding a job isn't hard enough, keeping one is even harder. It's a catch 22.