Skills Gap

Learning In The Dark - Is Our School Curriculum Fit For The Future

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Weir OBE

It's September and my social media is jam packed with photos of children heading back to school. For some, it is the very first time they will enter our education system. But what many of them don't know is that the jobs they will eventually find and settle into later down the line are not the jobs that exist today. 65% of children entering primary school this month will work in jobs in the future we don't even know about yet.

Older Workers Filling Jobs Left By Returning Migrants: Johnson's Cake Or Pie In The Sky?

Chris Ball | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

If ever proof were needed that it is not possible to "have cake and eat it" over the EU, here it is. I refer to the revelations last week about the details of migrant controls (in a leaked Home Office paper) which prompted business concerns at the "catastrophic" consequences for employee recruitment in a range of sectors.

Britain Needs To Remain Open To Talent, Even With Brexit

Sue Ferns | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Sue Ferns

Despite a flurry of position papers from government, our members still have no idea what will happen to their work when the UK leaves the EU in just 18 months' time. Uncertainty is not neutral - every extra day damages relationships and perceptions.

Combatting The Skills Crisis And Making The UK A Global Tech Hub

Adam Hale | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Adam Hale

The unique value of our tech industry comes from the large number of digital businesses starting up and scaling globally out of the UK market. Just look at the hotbeds of innovation in Tech City, Silicon Fen or the Thames Valley areas.

What Can Organisations Do To Boost Britain's Technical Prowess?

Geoff Smith | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Geoff Smith

Employability now depends less on what individuals already know and more on their ability to learn, apply and adapt. By adopting a flexible workforce and approach to training and development, British businesses can work with their existing employees to mould their skills and knowledge to fit the required roles, and build their technical prowess.

The State Of Application Development

Paulo Rosado | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Tech
Paulo Rosado

As technology matures, the lines surrounding app development continue to blur. What is and isn't mobile is no longer clear, and as a result, the solutions and approaches to app development are becoming less specific. Not that long ago, mobile app development was a siloed function within IT.

The Technological Revolution Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down In 2017, But Challenges Remain

Graham Hunter | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Tech
Graham Hunter

We are living in an era where our working environment is drastically changing. Technology has become one of the key components of organisations across all types of businesses, whether it's a multinational corporation or an SME, and our reliance will only increase. We are in the midst of another industrial revolution that shows no sign of slowing down and IT firms are reaping the benefits of this.

Why 2017 Is The Time For Responsible Leadership

Marco Comastri | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK
Marco Comastri

Ultimately, all of us need to make the right choices to ensure we use technology to develop skills in a way that helps everyone to succeed. This needs to be our response to the challenges posed by technology and globalisation - and it's everyone's responsibility.

Is The Term 'Construction Industry' Outdated?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

tech for good Using automation and AI to undertake routine functions could free up our supply of engineers for more creative tasks. Our engineers would control and steer the algorithmic optimisations set up for machines. We should embrace the opportunities this could create for global development.

Tech-Savvy Young People Needed To Plug Widening Skills Gap

David Emm | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Emm

Whether as masterminds of these attacks or foot soldiers in the pay of criminal gangs, teenager hackers have been linked with many high profile cybercrimes in recent years. In fact, the frequency of teenage cyber-attacks is growing as each generation's competency grows

We've Made Good Progress With Our Skills Reforms - Let's Not Mess It Up With Poor Implementation

Chris Jones | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

But unless the Government takes the time to reflect on what has been achieved, and consult with others about how best to move forward with its reforms, there's a real risk that any progress made over the past few years will be undone.

Will the New Postgraduate Loan Help Plug Our Skills Gap?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

The introduction of the postgrad student loan is a massive step forward for students, higher education and the UK. If we just take care to nurture other pieces of the puzzle, it can also be a massive stepping stone to widespread skills development.

'Soft Skills' Empower Young People to Make the Right Life Choices

Iain Patton | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK
Iain Patton

Progressive London based youth educational charity Futureversity bridges the skills gap with the provision of innovative 'Soft Skills' training for yo...

Future Proofing Today's Students Against Tomorrow's Digital Skills Gap

Clare Sutcliffe | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Tech
Clare Sutcliffe

When we talk about educating students to compete in tomorrow's economy, there's a term that always seems to pop up: the 'skills gap'. It's on the UK government's agenda, but what exactly is the skills gap and what do we need to be doing to prevent the UK workforce from becoming victim to it?

Could a Skills Health Check Boost Your Career Prospects?

Edith Bryan | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Edith Bryan

​Remember, you have control over your entire job search process. Life and work decisions are always most satisfying when they fit with the values most important to you. Reviewing your skills, values and competencies in a structured way can really help you to identify the type of work that is best suited to you, as well as highlight career options you hadn't previously considered.

Here's the Thing That Should Trouble World Leaders - Most Young People Are Not Even Close to Competing for Jobs

Ian Mason | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK
Ian Mason

Development of skills, of whatever nature, require the right environment and the right resources. For this reason, it is important that we utilise public spaces for this purpose, so that those that are motivated can achieve, regardless of their means, or their location - those in rural economies must not be left behind of course.

Minding the Gap: Why Skills and Productivity Must Still Be a Priority

Alistair Cox | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alistair Cox

Addressing the skills shortages must be on the priority list if British businesses are to continue to play a pivotal role on the world's economic stage. Failing to do so will lead to potentially dangerous long term consequences for the UK's future recovery.

Could Strengthening Links Between Schools and Businesses Help Plug the Looming Skills Gap?

Scott Waddington | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Scott Waddington

Traditionally in Wales, Government has taken a strategic lead role in the promotion and funding of skills development for industry. I hope as time goes on we'll see industry taking more of a lead and working more closely with the education system to nurture the talent needed for future success.

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 30.09.2016 | 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 19.08.2016 | 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 06.07.2016 | 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 23.06.2016 | 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.