UK Skills

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 29.09.2015 | 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...

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.