Vocational learning is wide ranging and inclusive for all abilities, far more so than many academic styles of learning. We need to encourage a culture where vocational and academic qualifications are seen as equal, and learners follow the route most suited to them with pride.
British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.
If you're ambitious for your business, you won't want to hang about. So here are nine growth strategies to help you get the most from your time and effort as a business owner or as an entrepreneur.
Parents are probably even less in tune with the vicissitudes of the current jobs market than they are with the dubstep scene... currently only 7,500 students take computer science degrees a year, meaning that many of the 20,000 graduate vacancies in the software industry alone remain unfilled each year.
You are almost certainly well-educated, quite possibly with a university degree that has equipped you with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills - theoretically that's a pretty good starting point
With Talent Cupboard we're looking to help young people create a CV that's built for the 21st Century, as well making it easier for employers to find the right people by being able to intelligently search through a database of skills.
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.
I've been talking for some time about the changing world of work, and how traditional working life patterns of employment and doing business are increasingly less relevant in today's workplace. A combination of economics, technology and changing attitudes is forcing change upon us, like it or not.
Paul's worked in a men's clothing wholesalers, but his real passion was cycling and he hoped to be a professional racing cyclist. When he was 17, he had an accident that put an end to this ambition. While in hospital, he made friends with some 'arty types' and his life had just taken him in an entirely new and unexpected direction.
Sky-rocketing tuition fees and their relative value in a difficult job market remains the subject of heated debate for students both within the UK and outside of it. Locally and abroad, graduates are faced with the decision to continue their post-graduate education to build up a more attractive CV...
Holmes keeps on thinking because he knows there is a solution - which he will come up with if he persists long enough. So he examines and analyses a problem from every angle, dissecting it, slicing and dicing it in different ways before putting the pieces together and coming up with an answer that no one else has seen.
My stress nightmare - the reoccurring dream that always pops up when I'm run down and overly tired - is simple and terrifying in its simplicity: it's my French A-Level tomorrow and I haven't got round to revising. As millions of men and women across the globe head into their own exam seasons, I sigh a little gasp of relief that that is all behind me. With this in mind, we decided to approach it slightly differently this year, and have been quizzing some of the best brains in the business to help those of you studying through your exams, and out the other side into an uncertain jobs market...
For many ambitious young executives trying to make it in sales, the old adage, "The strength of an empty canvas crushes us from ever painting a masterpiece" rings true - their main barrier to success is their fear of failure. However, if you believe in yourself and believe in the end goal - the elephant, you will find the fortitude to start somewhere.
It can be a tricky thing finding the right job. We spend so much time in work though, it is essential that we find something that is the right fit and supports the foundation of our happiness. We are so much more than the 'bit' that turns up for work but if that 'bit' isn't happy it can have an incredibly negative effect on our wellbeing.
The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.
Taking the time during your studies to get relevant work experience in your field will put you ahead of other students who believe in the common misconception that a degree will be enough to get a job...