Skills Gap

It's Time to Bridge the Divide Between Education and the Real World to Inspire the Next Generation of British Scientists

Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel

Far too often there exists a disconnect between education and people's real world experience. Young children still draw the mad, bushy haired man in a white coat when they are asked to think about what a scientist looks like.

UK Productivity Crisis - What Can Be Done?

Simon Thomas | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK is in the midst of a productivity crisis. While employment has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, and those in work typically work long hours, productivity remains low. But how is this possible?

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!

Ageism at Work Is Widening the Leadership Skills Gap

Charles Elvin | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The benefit of diverse teams is that it encourages innovation through different skills sets, and people working longer contribute to the success of the economy. Essentially over 50s are still the leaders of tomorrow.

Students Need More Information If We Are to Tackle Education Divide

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Access to education should not be dependent on who you are or where you live. It's a statement few would argue with in terms of sentiment but one many would object to as a reflection of reality.

Economic Success Requires Digital Innovators, Not Digital Cogs

Dr Ian Palmer | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Ian Palmer

We need new thinkers who are digital natives, not just generating the exciting new intellectual property but being immersed in the technology to create and distribute this to the waiting world.

Good, But Could Do Better

Chris Jones | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and plans have been made. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. And before we know it, we'll be toasting in the New Year. People say things tend to quieten down for businesses around this time of year, but this certainly hasn't been the case in the skills and employment arena. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Ending Nuclear's Pale, Male and Stale Image Starts in Our Schools

Dr. Donna Connor | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr. Donna Connor

Much has been written about a skills gap in my industry. Nuclear has an ageing workforce and we desperately need to get more young people to see it as a place where they can grow a career if Britain is to remain at the forefront of the industry worldwide.

Mind the Skills Gap

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Business and education. They should be perfect partners, with businesses relying on educational institutions to deliver individuals with the qualifications and skills they need to flourish, and educational institutions maintaining their relevancy by working to make sure they understand and reflect those needs in courses offered.

UK Skills Gap Is Strangling the Economy

Roger Keenan | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Roger Keenan

Technology. It has become so commonplace in every aspect of our lives that most of us now take it for granted. It is unsurprising then that the IT skills gap which is plaguing the UK has found its way into Parliamentary discussion, with Ed Miliband stating the IT industry is being 'let down' by the current skills shortage.

Our Old Enemy - Sometimes Called the 'British Disease' - Is Back With a Vengeance

Liam Byrne | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

Since the election, output for every hour worked has not gone up - it's gone down, whilst output per worker has followed the same trajectory. We're actually less productive than we were in 2010. This appalling record is far worse than the last years of the 1970s, long deemed the moment when 'British disease' reached its peak.

The Real Skills Shortage in UK Manufacturing is Leadership

James Burwood | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
James Burwood

"UK Manufacturing growth threatened by skills shortage" screeches the boringly repetitive and lazy headline. I keep seeing this story and I take issue with it for a number of reasons...

How Can We Get More Disadvantaged Young People Into the Professional Services?

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sir Michael Snyder

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.

Why Employers Need to Do More to Address the UK's Youth Skills Gap

David Turner | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Turner

There's a palpable sense of confidence in the economy which was sadly absent during the downturn. From the housing market to manufacturing, indications are good. However, structural problems remain in the economy both domestically and internationally that threaten to undermine our long term prospects.

Cracking the Code to a Career in Cyber Security

Karen Price | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karen Price

Every day thousands of people are working to defend UK businesses and citizens from crippling cyber attacks, including fraud and terrorism. Online crime has reached epic proportions, yet we are ill-equipped to fight the battle due to severe skills shortages and an ageing workforce...

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

Making the Most of Your Assets: How to Use Your Digital Skills to Stand Out From the Crowd

Ann Pickering | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Pickering

As the economy shows welcome signs of recovery, Government and businesses are waking up to the fact that digital is a key driving force behind this growth. But, in order to make the most of the digital opportunity, there must be people with the right skills and experience at the heart of our workforce.

Tackle Energy Skills Gap Now or Face a Dark Future

Chris Jones | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

If we don't act now to get more young people skilled, the UK could face, quite literally, a very dark future.

Women Into STEM Careers - Is the UK Missing the Boat?

Dr Gordon Mizner | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Gordon Mizner

A recent report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee expressed concern at the low proportions of women at senior level in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professions.

Digital Fraud Continues to Dominate Discussion in 2014

Mark Braund | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.

The Skills Gap Is an Obvious Issue, So What Is Being Done About It?

Keith Lewis | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Keith Lewis

We've learnt recently that although growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November this year (the strongest demand being for engineers) and the UK unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2009, the availability of candidates to fill permanent and temporary posts fell in November; a continuation of the recent trend.

Do Schools Need a Green Wake-up Call?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Trewin Restorick

An independent YouGov poll, released by environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan, shows that schools are not providing young people with the skills to secure employment in the fast growing 'green economy'...

Ensuring Apprenticeships Remain Rigorous as Their Popularity Starts to Rise: Why Employer/Training Provider Dialogue Must Not Get Lost in Translation

Scott Waddington | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

As the drive to meet industry skills gaps present today gathers pace we must not forget, as industry leaders, that our young people are looking towards futures in their chosen fields that will far exceed our own, and must therefore be appropriately skilled not just for today but for tomorrow's business landscape too.

The True Capabilities of Apprentices Are More Than You Realise

Ben Clarke | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

Ten years on from leaving school choosing an Apprenticeship was the best and most important decision I made. In addition to "earn while you learn" benefits, Apprenticeships deliver true life skills like no other programme and develop you as a person. For employers who wouldn't want passionate, determined, dynamic, creative, energetic people in their organisation?

How Business Intelligence Tools Can Help Us to Mind the Skills Gap

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

There is increasing pressure placed on governments and businesses to provide more accountability. To meet these demands they need to disclose the data behind the decision-making process. This will increasingly become an everyday part of our future leaders' lives and careers.