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Mind the skills gap!

Britain has lost its way when it comes to skills, training and higher and further education. There is now a huge gap between the workforce we have and the skills we need to build back better after the pandemic and beyond Brexit. Government has announced big plans to fill that gap in the recent Queen’s … Continued

Time to engage on the Skills White Paper

The government has published its long-awaited Skills White Paper setting out its plans for reforms to post-16 technical education and training to support people to develop the skills needed to get good jobs and improve national productivity. Coming at a point that sees education for a whole cohort of youngsters already badly disrupted for nearly … Continued

England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving skills

Teenagers in England are ‘significantly above average’ in terms of their problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests. Following a slew of disappointments in international school tests, the latest global rankings from the OECD put England in 11th place overall and second only to Finland in Europe in tests of how pupils can … Continued

Computer Coding Skills For Children ‘Crucial’

A group of the UK’s leading digital entrepreneurs have said that young people could miss out on jobs if they are not taught skills like coding. The warning comes as the Hour of Code campaign is launched the UK, an initiative encouraging everyone to spend one hour learning how to write code. Sky News.

New guidance calls for everyday chores to teach children basic skills

New guidance produced by the National Association of Head Teachers and the charity Family Action has encouraged parents to use everyday chores to teach children basic skills amid concerns that many families fail to encourage their sons and daughters to think outside the traditional school day.  Suggestions include developing children’s numeracy skills by helping them to … Continued

Report calls for teenagers to receive ‘character and resilience’ skills

A report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility and the CentreForum think-tank has said that all teenagers should receive a school leaving certificate which details their extra-curricular activities and employability skills. The report argues that the certificate would show that pupils – rather than just graduating from ‘exam factories’ – have developed … Continued

Labour call for children to be taught ‘attentiveness’ skills

Labour Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP has called for children to be taught ‘attentiveness’ skills to help combat the influence of social media. Hunt said children “need to learn the ability to concentrate for sustained periods.”  Hunt added that a more rounded attitude to learning would not undermine the drive towards ever greater academic achievement. … Continued

Research warns of UK skills storage

Research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has warned that business may be held back in taking advantage of the recovering economy by a worsening skills shortage. Inadequate skills, qualifications or experience in the workforce is hitting industries as the UKCES found that last year 22 per cent of job vacancies were … Continued

Young jobseekers to be mandated to undertake skills courses by Labour

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves is due to deliver a speech this morning in which she will outline the Labour Party’s plans to make young Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants undertake skills training courses, or face losing their benefits, should they become the governing party following the 2015 general election. Reeves is due to … Continued

London Councils criticise skills shortage in the capital

London Councils, the representative group for the 32 local authorities in the capital, has released a report which argues that opportunities for Londoners to find employment or training schemes have been lost due to a skills shortage in London.  The group has published ‘myth busting guidance’ alongside the report in association with business group London … Continued

Skills shortage damaging Europe

A new report has found that more than a quarter of European employers are struggling to fill vacancies at the same time as young people face high levels of unemployment. The report from management consulting firm McKinsey warns of a mismatch between young people’s skills and the needs of employers. The report accuses education providers … Continued