The Importance of Apprenticeships

There’s still a great deal of empty rhetoric about the urgent need to rebalance the country’s economy but so far little evidence of any real long term action. The politicians have fixated on the need to re-establish an effective manufacturing base neglecting or avoiding the other equally important aspects that caused the problems in the… Read more »

Rebalancing the Economy

What are the key elements for rebalancing the economy of this country?  A great deal has been said about one essential element namely the restructuring of the manufacturing base of the country. Although this is a crucial element there are other equally and challenging aspects after the disastrous situation following the financial crisis of 2008…. Read more »

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and Enterprise Skills

Definitions: IAG:  Information, Advice and Guidance is a range of services including the provision of impartial, learner-centred, advice and guidance, to assist in making appropriate career decisions and choices, which are informed and well thought through. It enables people to apply their knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences to manage their career and make informed decisions… Read more »

The Untapped Potential of Museums and Libraries

Museums and libraries share a common ancestor with technical colleges through the Mechanics’ Institutions of the 19th century which offered workers the opportunity to improve their skills and acquire new scientific and technological knowledge. It’s also worth reminded that their history includes 19th century endowment by wealthy entrepreneurs who wanted to contribute to the education… Read more »

Functional Skills and Apprenticeships

Functional skills are back on the agenda and will form part of the new apprenticeship frameworks which were introduced in September 2012.

The Challenges of Introducing Environmental Issues into the Skills Agenda

 
 
I know it is stating an obvious fact that education and training must play a significant part in addressing the critical issues currently confronting this pl

Youth Matters

 
One of the most unfortunate consequences of the current global financial crisis is the very high level of youth unemployment particularly in Europe.

‘To learn or not to learn?’

Successive governments have attempted to set performance indicators that focus on graduates obtaining employment within 6 months of graduating.

An Equation I Cannot Balance – or is it just a paradox?

 
 
(A paradox is anything which offhand appears to be false, but is actually true; or which appears to be

The Importance of the Skills Agenda in Rebalancing the Economy

 The current global recession and the likelihood of a second major downturn have highlighted in many developed and emerging economies the need to fundamentally re-evaluate the way they m