UK Skills

Is It Important To Love Your Job?

BritChick Paris | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It took me a year of soul searching to realise for the last fifteen years I'd done what I thought I was supposed to, what society wanted of me, my family, friends. The last time I'd revelled in what I'd done was at uni - reading novels and analysing them, and before that it was time as a little girl writing fairy stories.

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.

The New Triple Lock: Youth Unemployment

Michael Mercieca | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Kate felt that the job interview with Razor Digital was going really well. She'd solved the simultaneous equation they had given her and she'd aced th...

Don't Drift: Why Every Millennial Needs A Career Strategy

Jane Barrett | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Barrett

You might be considering whether to go to University, you might be starting your first job out of University or you might be considering your next car...

New Skills For Older Workers?

Chris Ball | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Chris Ball

Everyone seems to agree, a skilled and trained workforce is a pre-requisite for a successful economy. New skills and training are good for individuals too.

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.

Closing The Social Mobility Gap

Chris Jones | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Chris Jones

Amidst the political drama of the last few weeks, you may have missed the publication of three thought-provoking reports on social mobility. But anyon...

Parents Are Key To Getting More Girls In IT

Ellie Bradley | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Bradley

While the wider societal challenges of gender stereotyping will take some time to change, parents can start the process in the home - and there are many resources to help introduce girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) topics and support their interest.

The Future Of Work Is Here To Stay - Now We Need To Understand What It Means

Paul Cant | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Cant

Global IT decision makers must now focus on using IT automation in new ways to achieve business objectives. Without doing so, companies will not be able to overcome the budget, skills and time constraint challenges that plague businesses every day.

AI - Man Vs Machine And The Future Of Jobs

Marcus Jewell | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
Marcus Jewell

But in reality are we really headed for a dystopian sci-fi future where the threat to humanity is on a global scale? Probably not, but AI will certainly impact our working lives as it has our home lives.

Don't Let Your Children Be Replaced By Robots

Russell Haworth | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Kids of today grow up surrounded by smartphones and tablets, with almost a quarter being given unsupervised access to a device by the age of five, but they need directed learning to equip themselves with the skills needed to survive in the tech-driven future.

Good Things Happen When Universities And Businesses Join Forces

Professor John Raftery | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.

Automation Is Here To Stay And Organisations Should Welcome It

Paul Cant | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Cant

The question will be how we prepare the workforce for its arrival. Businesses must now equip their staff with the digital tools and expertise they need to keep pace with these technological advances. Employees are looking to their employers to demonstrate responsible and responsive leadership.

21st Century Skills For All: UNICEF And Pearson Launch Educational Partnership For Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

Tuấn Nguyễn lost his vision when he was 19. At the time, he was a sophomore in a Vietnamese university and had to quit school because he couldn't...

The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of Tomorrow?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.

The Hidden Parental Stress

Farida Ahmed | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Farida Ahmed

Every parent is a great parent. It isn't fair that education can make parents feel insecure. We need to ensure that we are bridging this gap and looking at viable opportunities that parents can take advantage of.

Chancellor Paves The Way For Greater Technical Education Support

Suzie Webb | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Suzie Webb

Philip Hammond promised a Budget that helps young people get the "skills they need to do the high-paid, high-skilled jobs of the future". The support shown to technical education, primarily via new 'T-Levels' for 16-19 year olds, will be broadly welcomed, with the UK seeking to act on its lowly 16th most productive economy status, according to OECD data¹.

New Talent Is The Key To Unlocking The Potential Of 3D Printing

Nick Lazaridis | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Lazaridis

We need new champions of this technology who can help manufacturers understand the impact it can have on supply chain and product design. To create these leaders of the future we need to educate and inspire the next generation of designers and engineers to ensure we have the right talent to continue to grow the industry.

'Hidden Figures' Highlights Unsung Female Engineers - But How Many More Are There?

Naomi Climer | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

This Friday (17 February) marks the release of the Oscar nominated 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures, which resurrects the true story of three truly inspirational women who worked for NASA in the 1960s - and helped blaze a trail for mathematicians and engineers of all races and genders to follow.

Social Mobility: Widening The View

David Docherty | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
David Docherty

It feels that most things are seen through a Brexit lens at the moment. The world has been turned upside down and takes a while for our vision to read...

17 Going On 70: The Workforce Of The Future

Chris Jones | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Chris Jones

It's no lie that people are living longer. There are now five generations in the workforce - and this is going to become the norm. It'd be foolish to think that this won't change the way we hire and train our staff, so it's vital that businesses adapt too. That means understanding the need to hire and train staff differently.

Change The Way You See Yourself, To Beat Creative Block

Leila Johnston | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

The best thing when you're feeling creatively blocked, in my experience, is anything. Leave your immediate surroundings and make yourself act on an id...

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.

A Future For Higher Education... That Works

Pierre Dubuc | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Pierre Dubuc

These are indeed exciting times for the world of education, and for those who are seeking new ways to equip themselves with the skills they need to succeed at life. We owe it to the students of the future - those currently at school, or stuck in jobs dreaming of a better, more fulfilling career - to give them a true choice, and the ability to access educational excellence.