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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released some encouraging news about the state of employment in the UK - youth employment is on the up. However, nearly a million 16-24 year olds are still left without work. For many young people, this is a desperate situation. Any length of time with little or no work is an extremely difficult cycle to break.
When I signed up to be a Games Maker last summer, I wasn't thinking beyond the amazing opportunity to be part of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The experience has been so much more to me than a summer of great memories - it's given me the chance to earn a nationally recognised qualification, boost my employability and get back on the career ladder.