Matthew Hancock

'We Need An Apprenticeships Revolution'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Britain needs an apprenticeships "revolution", with a major increase in the quality and quantity available for young people, former Labour education m...

University Is Now an Ethical Question

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

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?

'I Had To Educate My Careers Advisor About Apprenticeships'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students are being left to educate their own career advisors about apprenticeships and are being handed detentions if they don't attend UCAS tutorials...

How Much Did Cable Charge You To Train His Team For TV?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has spent nearly £11,000 since 2010 on media training for his junior ministers at the Department for Business and two senior civil servan...

Tories Offer 'Highly Selective' Proof That You're Better Off

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories have released figures to argue that most workers' pay actually rose faster than inflation last year in a move to combat Labour claims that ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Cost Of Living Crisis'? What 'Cost Of Living Crisis'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 24 January 2014... 1) 'COST OF LIVING CRISIS'? WHAT 'COST OF LIVING CRISIS'? Are the Tories ...

David Cameron or Ed Miliband - Who's the Alex Ferguson of British Politics?

Tom Wadsworth | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Wadsworth

There are some key factors in building successful teams in politics, sport and business - and Ed Miliband might be stealing a march on David Cameron in one area...

How One Engineering Apprentice Swapped Jobs With Minister Matthew Hancock

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Throughout the year CEOs and senior directors across the country have swapped jobs with apprentices to learn about the real value and impact of Appren...

Ten Apprenticeship Highlights of 2013

Matthew Hancock | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matthew Hancock

This year has been another significant year in the expansion of Apprenticeships in England. With more than two million Apprenticeship starts since 2010 and higher numbers of people on Apprenticeships than ever before, 2013 has been a triumph. It is therefore worthy of some reflection...

Ministers Unveil Plans To Help Small Businesses

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have marked today's Small Business Saturday by proposing a raft of measures to help small businesses, including faster broadband, reduced en...

Hancock Bitchslaps Ed Balls Over 'Osborne's Poodle' Jibe

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has been mocked for "getting his facts wrong" after comparing a Tory minister to George Osborne's "poodle", as the Chancellor's new puppy Lol...

More Students Choosing Apprenticeships Over University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More students are shunning university in favour of apprenticeships, new figures reveal, while employers have been urged to "wake up" to the increasing...

Government Should Be Ashamed By Neet Figures, Say Unions

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The number of young people not in work, education or training stands at more than one million - virtually unchanged since last year. The skills min...

Ones To Watch

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Politics

The last parliamentary session saw a number of politicians rise up the ranks and enter the public conscience. Some for good reasons - think Adam A...

Majority Of Young People Would Choose Apprenticeships Over University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The majority of young people would opt for an apprenticeship as their first choice over going to university, research has revealed. More than half ...

Fancy A Cheeky £20k?

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Maths graduates are to be offered £20,000 to teach in colleges. Grants of around £9,000 will be available to would-be college English and special...

Government Supplier 'Flies Spaniards In For UK Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK

Hundreds of foreign workers are being put up in student halls of residence in Birmingham while they carry out repair work on the city’s tunnels. ...

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How Much Must You Now Pay To Sue Your Boss?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics

Employees will have to pay £1,200 to take their bosses to employment tribunal, in legal changes that have come into force today. The fee marks th...

‘Do Your Duty And Hire Brits'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Politics

British businesses have a “duty” to take on local young people rather than the “easy option” of hiring foreign workers, a government minister ...

'Apprenticeships Are For Boys And Less-Able Children'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Apprenticeships are for males and less-able students, according to many parents, whose knowledge has been described as "incomplete and archaic". Ma...

'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...

The Varied Role of Apprentice Champion - Fish Markets to Fighter Jets

Jenny Westworth | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Westworth

Little did I realise when I took on the National Apprentice Champion role that I would be getting up at five in the morning to be at Billingsgate fish market to have a master class in how to fillet fish with current apprentices. This was just the start of my very exciting day, swapping jobs with Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP. A very different but varied day for me...

Irresponsible Bankers Should Be Jailed

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

Bank bosses get paid megabucks on the understanding that their decisions on direction and strategy are responsible for the success of the whole firm. I'm happy to see success rewarded, but the flipside of this system must be that bad decisions have consequences too.

The Day I Met the Skills Minister

Corrine Patmore | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Corrine Patmore

A little while ago The Edge Foundation (the education charity that runs VQ Day) asked me if I would like to interview the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, about vocational education. To which I responded with a definite yes!

Minister Who Overslept And Missed Interview Accused Of 'Spin' By Daybreak Presenter

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative minister who missed an interview on morning television because he overslept has been accused of attempting to "spin" the story to mak...