Posts By: Richard

Further Thoughts on Economics

  This viewpoint reflects on what economics and the implementation of the current economic models means in the light of the massive transformations are occurring. The increasing recognition that the current economic models and capitalism have failed and must be fundamentally reviewed and reformed. Many people in the past have argued that economics is an… Read more »

James Prescott Joule (1818-189)

(British physicist, mathematician and brewer born in Salford Lancashire was a brilliant experimenter and scientist who studied the nature of heat and laid the foundations to thermodynamics and kinetic theory through a number of pioneering discoveries and initiatives). James Prescott Joule was born on New Bailey Street, Salford near Manchester on 24th December 1818 son… Read more »

James Brindley (1716-1772)

(James Brindley a pioneer in canal building and a brilliant civil engineering designed a number of important canals and made a number of inventions. He played a significant role in developing the way canals were built during the Industrial Revolution transforming the British landscape and helping to unlock a new aspect of the Industrial Revolution)…. Read more »

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Charter:

This piece provides more detail about the CIPHE CPD charter and complements the previous article on this website which focussed on the concept of CPD. The CIPHE charter is a welcomed initiative as the Institute is an influential professional body and has provided an excellent example to the other professional’s bodies on this strategically important… Read more »

The Importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Introduction Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is even more important now as the country begins to tackle its skills gaps and shortages and the continuing low levels of productivity in manufacturing and industrial activity. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has recently published a timely and excellent charter on CPD.  The CIPHE have… Read more »

Here We Go Again!

The government has announced a new Industrial Strategy to bolster the country’s manufacturing, engineering and technology (MET sector) and a reconfigured technical education system). The key elements of the proposed technical education system include: ü  Simplifying the range of technical and vocational qualifications currently on offer ü  Creating an easier means of finding and applying… Read more »

Short Glossary of Education and Training Terms

  (Provides some simple definitions to topics covered on this website – hope it proves helpful). Accreditation: The issue of formal recognition that bodies or institutions or the procedures used by them meet specified requirements. Achievement/Attainment Test:  A test that measures achievement in a particular subject or occupation rather than potential. Assessment: Appraisal or estimation… Read more »

Book references for the History of Technical and Commercial Education and Training

The following references have proved useful in writing this history of technical and commercial examinations. A far more comprehensive set of references can to be found on the book references on the chapter for the History of Technical Education. I will continue to update. April 2017 Abbott, A. ‘Education for Industry and Commerce in England’…. Read more »

The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution?           (This piece builds on the earlier article the ‘Future of the Economy and the World of Work’ (FEWW). The world is rapidly moving into the Fourth Industrial Revolution also called ‘Industry Four Point Zero (Industry 4.0). Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT)’. The introduction of robotics, automation, digital transfer… Read more »