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Government urged to give regions greater power over skills and employment

The Government must give UK regional economies greater autonomy over skills and employment to develop grassroot recovery strategies – or risk levelling down the chances of millions, according to a new report published today by City & Guilds Group.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly, CEO - City & Guilds Group | Published: 5 November 2020

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How can employers support financial wellbeing as coronavirus crisis continues?

Given the unprecedented global impact of the coronavirus crisis, much of the workforce has been financially affected. Therefore, providing financial wellbeing has never been so important, especially for those employees considering retirement.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work | Published: 8 June 2020

Upskilling surges in lockdown as people learn new expertise

Online digital skills training provider Circus Street has analysed over 42,000 learners across its global audience from February to March, showing homebound workers are reskilling during their weekends, while spending time learning work-based topics during the week.

Contributor: Richard Townsend, Founder and CEO of Circus Street | Published: 6 May 2020

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Most people know nothing about the Modern Slavery Act

The flagship Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation was introduced to mandate businesses to disclose details of their supply chain practices as well as their commitments to end modern slavery. Wax Digital recently surveyed over 500 respondents to assess awareness and understanding of modern slavery.

Contributor: Paul Ellis | Published: 31 October 2019

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Top Universities cities rent 25 percent prices in Student Cities

With supply in Oxford and Cambridge in particularly constrained, house prices look set to continue to rise, which may stifle economic growth as talent finds it more difficult to remain in the cities post-degree, despite the burgeoning science & tech sectors currently spinning out billions of pounds of AI start-ups in the area.

Contributor: Patrick McMahon | Published: 25 August 2019

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Experience vs exams – what do employers really want?

In 2011, Macquarie University in Australia debated whether to get rid of exams completely. They argued that exams fail to develop questioning, independent learners and instead promotes a superficial and inauthentic understanding of subjects.

Contributor: Juanita Wyght | Published: 5 May 2019

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GCSE results: Government resits policy branded ‘a disgrace’

Less than a quarter of Maths re-takers passing and school leavers are the biggest losers from crash in apprenticeship opportunities, so the government must respond. AELP says that the government is letting a generation of young people down by blindly persisting with its damaging compulsory GCSE resits policy for English and maths.

Contributor: Mark Dawe | Published: 24 August 2018

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Treating technical and vocational schools as second best damages UK prospects

Across British politics, there is a recognition that technical and vocational education has been badly neglected. The Government has recently made this one of its core priorities, via the introduction of T-levels for students aged 16 and over and new Institutes of Technology. This is particularly urgent, given our imminent departure from the European Union.

Contributor: Toby Young | Published: 17 August 2018

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Mishandling of levy reforms sees apprenticeship opportunities slump

Thousands of young people receiving their A-level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.

Contributor: Mark Dawe | Published: 16 August 2018