Everyone seems to agree, a skilled and trained workforce is a pre-requisite for a successful economy. New skills and training are good for individuals too.
Last month, it was fantastic to read about the finalists of the Global Teacher Prize. What a wonderful set of individuals
We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.
We're proud of our strong, historical links to the City - and proud to showcase the many ways organisations like ours make other people's lives better. The City of London brings together hundreds of thousands of people every day, all of whom can make a difference. I'd encourage all businesses to take part, even if you aren't located in the City, so you can join the celebration of charitable giving.
Now, more than ever, leadership is not; a job description, a set of duties or a checklist of tasks, nor is it a set of theories or processes that individuals can simply implement. Leadership may incorporate these things, but it is also a set of behaviours - including: encouraging, challenging, inspiring and communicating (both in the sense of speaking and of listening).
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.
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.
With Wimbledon, the Tour De France and the Ashes all in the bag, not to mention the first US Open win for an Englishman in 43 years, it seems a good time to look at what business leaders can learn from some UK sporting supremos.
You can learn all the singing technique and confidence on offer but raw talent and star quality cannot be taught. This seemed to be the ethos behind the X Factor; an indefinable star quality that makes someone watchable. A 17-week course cannot teach somebody that.
By focusing on worker employability as a necessary first step on the way to full employment, policymakers can effectively future-fit the eurozone economy to capitalise on any upswing in the global economy.