UK Skills

Skills to Succeed: How Your Hidden Skills Can Boost Your Career

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

Thinking about your future and getting onto the career ladder can be daunting, whether you have a strong CV or not. We often worry whether we are good enough for the role or if we have the right skills and experience.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

Skills for Life? The World's Your Oyster

John Worne | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John Worne

Looks like everyone stands to be a winner - young people from across the UK want international skills, employers want to hire them and a short investment in time overseas can pay back for an entire life-time. But it isn't happening. Why?

This Lady Got Africa Into Clean Cooking, Now She's Trying For The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

24-year-old Judith Walker was inspired to go into business with her brother Ruben in order to help Africans cook in a clean, cheap and sustainable way...

Giving School Leavers the Skills to Succeed

Rachel Kay | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Kay

Providing essential training in these commonly used programs can give young people a head start, and ultimately enable them to be more productive a better asset to their team and the wider organisation...

Developing the Employability Skills Businesses Are Looking For

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.

Soft Skills Are Making the Grade With Employers

Mark Boleat | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Boleat

Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.

Youth is More Than the Theme of the Day; It's the Theme of the Decade

Kate Redman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Redman

The number of young people experiencing the impact of slow economic growth is at an all-time high. Currently, they make up 18% of the population in developing countries; and constitute 12% of the population in developed countries.

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Employers Want Social Skills Over Academia, Survey Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Employers want "soft" social skills over academic prowess, preferring the enthusiastic, confident average Joe to the quiet, geeky, first-class honours...

The Many Ways to Be Smart

Chris Jones | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Too many students believe that straight As are the only golden ticket to a fantastic career, and write-off the value of broader workplace skills. We shouldn't let young people fall into the trap of thinking that exams are all that matter.

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

Coders Taking Over the World

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

London alone is anticipated to be 300,000 digital workers short by 2020, with an additional one million vacancies across Europe... Programming is infiltrating all industries, not just tech... we are beginning to break down these barriers to help people realise that anyone can learn how to code.

How Innovative Resourcing Helps Businesses Grow

Joanne Smith | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Joanne Smith

In tough economic times, businesses adopt ever-more innovative approaches to established business processes such as resourcing and funding, which was ...

Skills Shortage Vacancies: Making the Most of the Economic Upturn Through Greater Investment in Skills

Scott Waddington | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Scott Waddington

If businesses are able to offer a transparent and viable pathway to full-time employment from the word go they will not only gain greater access to the skills they need, but also have chance to nurture the talent they find in a way best suited to them...

Education System Must Better Prepare Young People for Life Outside School Gates

John Cridland | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John Cridland

Whether you have a son or daughter just finishing their summer exams or you're a high-tech manufacturer hoping to add to your pool of skilled technicians, we all want young people to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential - not just in work but in life. But the education system must do more to prepare them for life outside the school gates - or we risk wasting our greatest asset.

Reflections on Curiosity: Did it Kill, Not Kill, or Simultaneously Kill and Not Kill the Cat?

Nigel Rayment | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

What a curious thing curiosity is. When we recently moved to our new home in rural Herefordshire we were accompanied by our cat Cokie. After three days he was nowhere to be found. We assumed, sadly, that he had set off on a futile effort to retrace his steps to his native London.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Real-life Entrepreneurs Needed for Urgent Mentoring

Michelle Wright | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

Let's make sure that those wanting to take up the challenge of running a business, have the very best in support from 'real-life' entrepreneurs to make sure that they can be successful, and that our successful entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend the time to make this a reality.

The End of the Academic Year Is Upon Us - With Both Students and Business Facing the Same Choices About 'Investing' in Future Capabilities

Leo Quinn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Across the country, tens of thousands of students are getting ready for the end of the academic year - and facing one of the most crucial decisions of...

You're Never Too Old to Learn a New Trick

Chris Jones | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

Everyone has a talent. You might just not know it yet. And as this week is Adult Learners' Week, surely now's the time to discover it? As we celebrate adult learners, and the opportunities learning can lead to, we should all think about how we can continue to develop skills, and try something new.

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

Asa Bennett

Ukip Talk 'Ridiculous Nonsense' About Migrants, Says Cobra Beer Boss

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has said. ...

Asa Bennett

Migrants Rob Native Brits' Jobs? 'Nonsense', Says Dragon Theo

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has issued a robust defence of immigrants' contribution to the UK, rubbishing claims that they take native Brit...

To Get More Women in IT, Computer Science Must Be as Common as ABCs

Jane Richardson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Richardson

There clearly remains a perception problem around the suitability and attractiveness of IT as a career path for women. In the EU, where women occupy just 11 percent of IT leadership roles, the situation is particularly dire.