UK Skills

Why We Need to Get Kids Coding

Jill Hodges | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

In the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves.

Skills for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

Carwyn Jones | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Politics
Carwyn Jones

This is why we are, today, launching a five-point plan to support coding and digital literacy skills. We want Wales to meet the aspiration set for us by a group of industry experts to become 'an Agile-Digital Nation'.

Are You Ready for the Character Interview?

Edith Bryan | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Edith Bryan

Have you experienced character based questions at interview? How did you get on? What do you think about employers assessing your personality and values? Should the selection process be purely competency based?

Apprenticeship Levy: Friend or Foe?

Chris Jones | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.

Why the Most Important People in London's Property Market Are Being Constantly Ignored

Aidan Rushby | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Aidan Rushby

The time people spend while at work sourcing and organising property viewings along with the potential days off, can have a huge negative impact on the economy. Renters help make London tick and position it as one of the best cities the world to live in- it's time they stopped being ignored, their importance started being appreciated and their needs being put first.

Could a Skills Health Check Boost Your Career Prospects?

Edith Bryan | Posted 09.03.2016 | 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.

To Tackle Youth Unemployment in London the New Mayor Must Reach Out, Enable and Connect

Steph Taylor | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Steph Taylor

We all share the same ambition: for young Londoners to take advantage of the opportunities that this great city has to offer. We want the next Mayor, and everyone else who has a role in shaping policy for helping young people find work, to be brave, imaginative and resourceful in meeting this challenge. Just like the young people who've succeeded through Talent Match London.

Employers' Changing Mindset Is Good News for Students

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised for its lack of diversity.

Don't Forget the 'Other 50%': The Role Vocational Education Plays in Social Mobility

Mark Farrar | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Farrar

Politicians from all parties are in agreement on the importance of the UK becoming more socially mobile. People should have the same chances to develop and prosper regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

Why We Should All Strive to Challenge Ourselves in 2016

Peter Westgarth | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Westgarth

As usual, the first two weeks of January have been full of New Year's resolutions and bold claims that 2016 is going to be the best year yet. Like every year, the conversation is dominated by references to giving up or cutting back on something: usually food, drink or a habit that is not particularly good for us, but we enjoy it.

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

Ian Mason | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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.

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

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

Alistair Cox | Posted 18.11.2015 | 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.

The Truth About Multi-Tasking

Bev James | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Bev James

Multi-tasking is a skill which is increasingly becoming ingrained as a part of today's culture and whilst science may prove that our brains aren't wired to be overstimulated there are ways to use our time in more neuron friendly ways, stopping us from burning out and soldiering on.

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

Scott Waddington | Posted 09.11.2015 | 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.

Why Italians in London Aren't Here to Live Off the Governments Benefits

Carolina Are | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Politics
Carolina Are

Changing the UK's immigration laws to restrict the influx of these skilled, flamboyant and yes, loud, workers might end up changing the country's landscape, and for the worse. Think about that next time you complain your pizza isn't up to Italian standards.

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Corbyn's Wrong When It Comes to Education

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Of course we want young people to make the most of their lives through a well-rounded education, but under Corbyn's plan I worry this will not be the case. Instead, if a National Education Service is implemented, the reality is society will be going at the speed of the slowest, and this is in nobody's interest.

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

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.

You're Hired! How to Get Your CV Noticed

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

This September, over 500,000 graduates will enter the UK employment market. It's a staggering figure. And with competition for positions at the country's top firms so fierce, it has never been more important for candidates to think about how they can make their CV stand out from the rest...

People Like Me

Meg Munn | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Meg Munn

From an early age girls and boys learn what jobs men do and what women do. Few kick against what is expected of them, and it's difficult for parents w...

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?

How Does FE Fit in With Government Skills Plans?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

The government's plans for improving skills in Britain are ambitious and wide-ranging. The Chancellor's briefing document, "Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation," explains in a little over eighty pages how this is to be done.

Community Work: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Unemployment

Michelle Wheeler | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Michelle Wheeler

Every year in August, thousands of students across the country wait for exam results to determine what their next step will be. But qualifications are...