Vocational Training

Apprentices Are Beating Graduates in the Jobs Race - Is Anyone Surprised By This?

Charlie Mullins | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

Excitement really has started to kick on apprenticeships lately and it's starting to look encouraging - we might even get it onto the election agenda as a policy!

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...

University Isn't for Everyone... And Nor Should It Be

Alice Rigby | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

A degree, with its ever-elevated status, has become a means to a personal end. This elevated status, coupled with the economic concern of students, has also led to a proliferation of new degree subjects. It is now possible to study almost anything at university. And yet, many of these courses simply don't suit a degree structure, an issue many concerned with higher education seem all too happy to ignore.

Your Future Doesn't Depend on UCAS

Chris Jones | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

It's that time of year again when thousands of young people put the final touches on their UCAS applications, hold their breath and hit 'send'. Then they anxiously wait for weeks until their 'life-altering' results come through. My son went through this process last year. I'll never forget his panicked face as he said, 'What if I don't get any offers?'

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.

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.

Germany Is Still Streets Ahead on Apprenticeships

Richard Grice | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Grice

The German Dual System and their more deeply established apprenticeship programmes reflect extremely poorly on the UK position. We have a journey to make and we are still a long way from reaching our destination.

Putting Young People's Development First Creates a Heart of Creativity

Mariam Rafiq | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mariam Rafiq

I wish apprenticeships had been widely available when I was young! Just think, I could have avoided thousands of pounds worth of debt trying to figure out if I wanted to study Science or Business. Too young an age for such a costly experiment and I'm still paying for it!

Introducing the IAC - The Voice of Industry Apprentices

Ann Watson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Watson

The IAC is giving learners something they have not had before - a national voice. The changing landscape of apprenticeships in this country, as Government endeavours to secure the vocational route as a central pathway into fulfilling careers, requires input from those who will be affected - the apprentices themselves.

Disengaged Young People Need More Than Training to Succeed - They Need Self-Belief

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lady Diana Whitmore

The latest figures on youth unemployment from the Office for National Statistics - which show the unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds is now more than double that of the wider population, with one in five young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) - paint an extremely worrying picture for today's young people, and those who work with them.

It's Time to Keep Vocational Working in the Spotlight

Fiona McBride | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Fiona McBride

The idea of only awarding substantial public sector contracts to those companies that agree to train a significant number of the next generation of Apprenticeships is one that we fully endorse. Although this did not get through the last parliament, it is encouraging that this is now part of Labour party policy.

Education: A Silo, Entire of Itself

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

How can young people be real world literate and know what career they want if all they've ever known is the class room? Often they've never had contact with any industry professionals or set foot in an office, workshop or business environment.