UK Skills

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!

Getting Tough on Soft Skills

James Caan CBE | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

It's not just about qualifications. It's not just about education or background. How do I know? Because I didn't excel in either of these areas - instead, I actually put my own success down to something called soft skills - the vital skills such as communication, teamwork and time management which everyone needs to succeed at work and beyond.

Our School Leavers Are The Worst In Europe For 'Essential Job Skills'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

School leavers in Britain are the worst in Europe for having the essential skills needed in entry-level business jobs, a survey has revealed. Two i...

Most Common Job Hunting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

The latest NEET figures show that one in eight young people are still not in education, employment or training. While there are many reasons for this, often, it can be simple things during the job application process that hold young people back. LifeSkills created with Barclays is a programme that aims to help young people build their employability skills and help them when they are applying for jobs. Below are some of the most common job hunting mistakes we see and tips on how to avoid them:

Women Engineers - Where Are They?

Meg Munn | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Tech
Meg Munn

The Women's Engineering Society organised a conference on National Women in Engineering Day to explore the issue, entitled "Engineering Women: Are they returning to work?" The statistics and stories from the women present illustrated the extent of the waste of talent and imagination when fully trained women leave the professions.

Are Leaders Born or Trained?

James Caan CBE | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

I am often asked whether leaders are born or trained and personally, I believe that a healthy dose of both is what truly defines our best leaders... My thirty years in business has taught me that as employers it's up to us to identify employees with potential and develop them to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Paige.

Jobs and Productivity: Key to Higher Pay

John Cridland | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
John Cridland

"Improving the productivity of our country is the route to raising standards of living for everyone in this country... Our future prosperity depends on it." That was Chancellor George Osborne speaking just days after the election at the CBI's 50th Anniversary Annual Dinner. He's also promised his Budget next month will have "a laser-like focus" on living standards.

Back to School: The Importance of Adult Learning

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

If you have ever considered studying for a professional qualification or learning a new skill - like coding or even acrobatics - now is the time to make that leap of faith. You never know how much success you could enjoy as a photographer, an accountant ...or even a TV physicist.

Will 2015 Be the Year of the U-Turn in Vocational Education?

Joanne Harper | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joanne Harper

For many years vocational education has been stigmatised as only suitable for the 'less bright', and for those that needed to prepare for a specific trade. This is because vocational education directly develops expertise in techniques related to technology, skill and scientific technique to span all aspects of the trade

Investing In Arts Education To Create Crime Free Futures

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

At Milton Keynes College we have a strapline: Transforming lives through learning. It is so much more than a strapline - we really believe in it and ...

A Budget for Helicopters, Church Roofs and Video Gamers but Not for Skills

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.

More Engineers are Essential to Sustaining UK Economic Growth

Keith Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Tech
Keith Lewis

As we move toward the 2015 General Election the issue of the engineering skills shortage in the UK needs to be addressed by government as well as the industry itself. Failure to tackle this will create a structural weakness that limits Britain's ability to continue growing.

Politicians Agree on This One Issue

Chris Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Politicians aren't known to agree, but they did reach a consensus on one thing last week: how poor careers advice is in the UK. That's probably not surprising to anyone who's recently come through the school system, which is why representatives of the three major political parties are calling for huge improvements.

Tweet Your Way to the Top: How Social Media Can Broaden Your Employment Horizons

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

Utilising Twitter and LinkedIn can give you some incredibly valuable insights into a company that will really make you standout in an interview.

Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the HND

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Think students, qualifications, careers, employment - did you think degrees? Most likely. Because the value of degrees, cost to study them and recognition of them in the workplace, has dominated education headlines for years.

Getting Poorer Students Connected is the Key to Career Success

Mark Boleat | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Mark Boleat

Politicians, while united in their view that social mobility needs to improve, differ in their solutions on how to accelerate it. The gap between poor and better-off students is narrowing, but there is still a long way to go.

Growth Through People: The Role of Skills in Promoting Economic Improvement

Scott Waddington | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Scott Waddington

Having launched VQ Day 2015 here in Wales earlier this month, the latter is particularly relevant. High quality apprenticeships and other vocational qualifications should be a normal career pathway for many more young people, and a routine means through which businesses recruit and develop their talent pipeline.

Attracting the Right Talent to Engineering - From Stem to Steam

Peter Luff | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Our national security and our future competitiveness and prosperity all depend on bringing more people into engineering at all levels. But we need rather different skills from the conventional ones engineering has sought in the past and this is widely understood...

How Politicians Can Mind the Closing Doors

Chris Jones | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

We're calling on politicians to think before they leap. City & Guilds wants to see long-term planning instead of short-term headline grabbing. If politicians can't learn from mistakes and leave policies in place long enough to make a difference, they risk another three decades of getting caught in the tube doors.

This Chap Raised Millions By Helping People Choose The Right Car

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

James Hind, 27, decided to go into business after seeing how hard it was for people to choose the right car, unless they were total petrolheads or avi...

Outside Education, Employment and Training - Our Students Are Heading That Way, But We're Getting Them Back on Track

Amy Lalla | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Lalla

This week is the big return to work, and I'm wondering what sort of a holiday my students have had. The meal we treated them to at Nando's just before Christmas was probably as good as it got for some of them.

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.

Skills Development in 2014: What Next for 2015?

Scott Waddington | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Scott Waddington

It is natural for businesses to take stock of not only each financial year, but at the end of each calendar year too. As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 pushes its way to the fore, I have no doubt that industry leaders across the country will be taking time out to consider the ebb and flow of their order book in some form or another this Christmas.

The Autumn Statement Provided a Boost for Apprenticeships... But Industry Must Now Take Up the Baton and Run With It

Leo Quinn | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Leo Quinn

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement sparked a grand level of debate and, as ever, divided opinion. Stamp Duty has grabbed most headlines, with the reforms in the levy being charged at different levels of house price attracting a lion's share of the discussion.

Why We Must Bridge the Gap Between Education and Work

Fintan Donohue | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Fintan Donohue

Growth Through People, a report recently published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, is a timely and insightful blueprint that sets out how necessary improvements in our skills system can be achieved.