UK Skills

'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Is The Term 'Construction Industry' Outdated?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.

When It Comes To Creative Effort, It Pays To Spread Your Bets

Leila Johnston | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

So, let me ask you something: what are the investments you make in your day to day life, what are the tips you're listening to, and what's the currency you're investing, hoping it'll reap dividends for you?

Why The Chancellor's First (And Last) Autumn Statement Is A Poisonous Damp Squib

Chi Onwurah | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

Yesterday was Philip Hammond's first big moment as Chancellor, the opportunity, before a country and indeed a world buffeted by shockwaves of change and uncertainty, to set out a compelling, reassuring and above all confidence building vision of our economic future. Well we didn't get that did we?

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.

Brexit's Potential For Profit Rather Than Pain

Keshav R. Murugesh | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Keshav R. Murugesh

So change is afoot - Brexit will happen and businesses need to start preparing for when Article 50 is triggered. If they start looking for the right opportunities and in the right places, then there's no reason for the divide to mean pain - instead, they can start looking at how they can continue to profit by running as effectively - and competitively - as possible.

Automation: Why Robots Won't Take Our Jobs And Ruin The Global Economy

Roger Bou | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Although the introduction of robots to the workforce may ultimately make many jobs redundant, more roles will be created that enable people to develop further professionally. The jobs that are most susceptible to automation are those that are predictable, repetitive and don't require a great deal of social intelligence.

What Should We Be Advising Our Kids To Study To Future Proof Their Careers?

Geoff Smith | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Geoff Smith

My three amazing daughters demand my attention the minute I walk through the door. They will frequently wrestle my phone out my hand, even if I haven'...

Expats Move Up The Career Ladder In The UK

Dean Blackburn | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Dean Blackburn

There are many dreams and aspirations expats hope to realise during their time abroad: improve their quality of life, pursue a new challenge or join a...

The Future Of Education: There Are Two Things That Really Work

Lord Knight | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?

Embrace the Great Outdoors and Challenge Yourself This Summer

Peter Westgarth | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Peter Westgarth

The summer months provide the perfect time to walk the hills and roam the valleys of our outstanding British countryside. But last week's research tha...

A Real Need, a Real Opportunity - A Career in Tech May Be Closer than You Think

Miguel Milano | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

Technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives in this mobile, hyper-connected age. It's easy to see why, when most of us carry at least one device with us at all times and we literally have an app for everything.

Citizen Maths: Helping to Tackle Britain's Maths Challenge

Meg Munn | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Meg Munn

Free, accessible and easy to use, this course has the potential to help many people better understand and use maths in their everyday life. Whether as an individual, an employer or a provider of courses, Citizen Maths could be just what you have been looking for.

The Future of Education: We Need People Who Can 'Make' Things

Lord Knight | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

As an employer I don't want people who can recall stuff because I've got computers to do that, I want people who can make stuff. And that might be making ideas, it might be making value, it might be making physical objects, but that's what we need.

What Will Theresa May's Legacy Be for Increasing the Employability of Our Young People?

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Our work seamlessly brings together schools and employers to deliver young people pre-employment programmes as part of the curriculum and meaningful work experience. We want to see the Government creating the environment for an open-dialogue between schools and employers. Only with this, will young people have the opportunities to succeed in roles that suit them.

Balancing Life Chances - Balancing the Books

Michael Mercieca | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

If Brexit is to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end, then a radical reformation of education must be a part of the new Cabinet's thinking. I look forward to hearing more from the government in the coming weeks.

Will the New Postgraduate Loan Help Plug Our Skills Gap?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 11.07.2016 | 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.

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

The Future World of Work Is Changing - Are We Ready?

Chris Jones | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Chris Jones

We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.

Win A School Masterclass With A World-Class Athlete

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Sky Academy has a unique chance for your child. Created by Sky, it offers opportunities and experiences to help young people build skills and experien...

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.