UK Skills

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 25.07.2014 | 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 25.07.2014 | 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 25.07.2014 | 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 17.07.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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 18.06.2014 | 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.

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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. ...

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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 09.06.2014 | 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.

The Real Skills Shortage in UK Manufacturing is Leadership

James Burwood | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
James Burwood

"UK Manufacturing growth threatened by skills shortage" screeches the boringly repetitive and lazy headline. I keep seeing this story and I take issue with it for a number of reasons...

Skills Shortage in Cyber and Cloud?

Gary Newe | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

A lot has been said about how technology is changing and the impact that is having on the way businesses operate and the way we live our lives. We're more mobile, we have the world's information available to us at the click of a button and our data is stored on interconnected servers spread throughout the world.

The Seven Days of Learning

Kevin Young | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kevin Young

Staff training and skill development should always be seen as a valuable method to improve productivity, staff morale, business agility and ultimately drive increased sales and business growth.

Apprenticeships in the UK Music Industry

Jo Dipple | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Dipple

There has never been a more diverse or technically challenging array of roles in music for young people to choose from. But likewise, the music industry thrives because of the constantly refreshing pool of young creative talent driving it. That talent has ensured the UK is the headline act on the global music stage.

How to Nail a Job in Technology

Stephen Devlin | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Devlin

When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.

Inspiring Leadership: Time to Go Back to School

David Lancefield | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
David Lancefield

In Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 movie Rumblefish, Mickey Rourke's doomed anti-hero Motorcycle Boy mutters: "If you'd going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go." It's a thought that CEOs of today's entertainment and media businesses might usefully ponder as they strive to lead their organisations - and their people - through the turbulence of digital disruption.

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

Ann Pickering | Posted 09.06.2014 | 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 07.06.2014 | 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.