UK Skills

How to Make Your Mark - and That All-Important First Impression

Ann Pickering | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Pickering

For a long time, the focus has been on how to get your foot on the career ladder and make the transition from education to the workplace. But now employers are increasingly realising that you hold the key to unlocking the digital potential of their business and they're looking to bring you on board.

More Job Vacancies...But Where Are The Candidates?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Businesses are suffering from an increasing shortage of candidates despite the increasing number of job vacancies, in a sign that a "core group" of lo...

Students Want Greater Access to Work Experience and Industry Content

Aaron Porter | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

For universities and institutions the message is even more unequivocal, greater collaboration is vital, and not only because students want it and businesses value the graduates it produces.

Closing the Gender Gap in Engineering

Stacey Orr | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stacey Orr

While there's no doubt that the country has come a long way in terms of gender equality in the workplace, there are still industries where women are significantly under represented. If we look at the engineering sector, for example, only 8% of engineers in the UK are women . In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.

EU Exit Talk Is 'Anti-Jobs And Anti-Business', Warns Balls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has warned that "even talking" of Britain leaving the European Union is "anti-jobs and anti-business" as it would create "huge uncertainty" f...

Bridging the Divide Between School and the Workplace

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

During a recent speech to manufacturing industry executives, Business Secretary Vince Cable cited teachers' lack of workplace knowledge as the 'underlying problem' in careers advice and guidance. According to Cable, teachers - predominantly graduates themselves - "know about UCAS forms - but... know absolutely nothing about the world of work."

University Is Now an Ethical Question

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Is it ethical to let a young person go to university in the full knowledge that a degree will serve then with no hope of employment? Is it ethical to supply a student with skills and information that have no relevance to the world of work? Is it ethical let a young person to exchange their money and time for a degree that is materially worthless?

Realise Your Career Potential With an Apprenticeship

Steve Goldthorpe | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Goldthorpe

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.

The Modern Apprentice - A New Business Opportunity

Mark Naysmith | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Naysmith

As a professional consultancy advising and working with developers, contractors and architects we are directly impacted by skills and resource shortages within the environmental, construction and engineering sectors.

Complacency Will Be the Barrier to Building a Brighter Future for the Construction Industry

Simon Thomas | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

With the UK's construction sector growing at its fastest pace since 2003, the renewed optimism being spoken of is coming to fruition. As an SME operating in the manufacturing sector, it's fair to say that we are seeing a dramatic increase in enquiries and orders from the housing sector in particular, a growth which can be attributed in part to the Government's Help to Buy scheme.

Let's Put It Into Context

Chris Jones | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

I've spoken at length about the importance of contextualised learning. As parents, we have a clear role to play in helping our children put theory into practice. It shouldn't fall solely on the shoulders of teachers. However, it still makes me question whether schools are doing enough on their side to prepare children for their futures.

The Big Lie We Tell the UK's Young People

Chris Jones | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The reality is that 47% of graduates are working in a job that doesn't even require a degree. University doesn't come with the job guarantee these days that my generation was promised.

Skills Shortage Vacancies Rising But So Is Training - UKCES Report Brings 'Bittersweet' News to UK Employers

Scott Waddington | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Scott Waddington

News of an increase in British job vacancies this month came as somewhat bitter sweet to employers, training providers and government agencies, who remain united in tackling those challenges still faced by the UK economy.

Believing in Skills

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Jane Scott Paul

I spoke openly about what I believe excellence to look like when developing qualifications and skills from my own experience as Chief Executive of AAT at the Skills Summit in January.

What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job

Chris Jones | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Jones

Deciding to quit can be an empowering decision, especially if you've been unhappy at work for a long time. It can also be the most frightening decision of your life. That's why you need to plan beyond the time when you unload 12 years of pent-up frustration on your manager, collect your things and walk.

Industrialists Need to Make One New Year's Resolution - Bet on the Next Generation

Leo Quinn | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Now we have said goodbye to 2013, there will be many personal New Year resolutions made as we stride forward into 2014. Those in business will be looking at how they can improve operations, set new targets, meet new goals.

Mind the Gap - Why the Manufacturing Sector Must Learn to Future Proof Its Workforce

Simon Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK manufacturing sector has been described as 'indispensable' to Europe's economic future. In spite of this, there is still an underlying challenge for the industry to produce a skilled workforce.

The Seven Deadly Skills of the Perfect Employee

Kevin Young | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Kevin Young

These modern, lean management structures place greater importance on the individual and never before have the values of motivation, initiative and communication been held in such high regard. Harnessing these skills will go a long way to helping you stand out and become a valuable asset to your employer.

Why an Apprenticeship May Be the Key to Your Future

Arfan Ghani | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Arfan Ghani

From helping my mum around the house since I was small, to fixing my own bike, I've always had a passion for understanding how things work and helping out, so I knew that I had to find a job that would be hands-on. But I didn't know how to get there..

Ensuring Apprenticeships Remain Rigorous as Their Popularity Starts to Rise: Why Employer/Training Provider Dialogue Must Not Get Lost in Translation

Scott Waddington | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

As the drive to meet industry skills gaps present today gathers pace we must not forget, as industry leaders, that our young people are looking towards futures in their chosen fields that will far exceed our own, and must therefore be appropriately skilled not just for today but for tomorrow's business landscape too.

'I Got Such A Confidence Boost From Doing An Apprenticeship'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Visit our new dedicated apprenticeship section, featuring a live jobs feed. Introducing this week’s apprentice.. Name: Louise Mills Age: 20...

Digital Skills Gap Is an Opportunity, Not a Problem

Matt Cynamon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Cynamon

Let's start by looking at the most in demand skill set for tech companies - web development. There are currently 3,000 open tech jobs in London startups alone. When looking at the sector as a whole those vacancies represent a glaring hole in the UK labour pool.

Still Running to Stand Still

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

There's been confirmation once again this week - if confirmation were needed - that the UK has a problem with basic skills. The first round of the OEC...

How Leading Brands Are Teaching Students A Thing or Two

Daniel Kendal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Kendal

Students have many options when it comes to education, to study online, at a university or even through an apprenticeship but what you may not have se...

'Shocking' Report Shows Young People's Skills Lowest In Developed World

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Significant action" needs to be taken as the UK's young people are falling behind the rest of the world in basic literacy and numeracy skills, it has...