Blogs

  • Brexit – Are we “out” or “not in”?

    Brexit – Are we “out” or “not in”?

    By Michael Oberreuter, Senior Research Executive   The Brexit Deal On 15 November 2018, the negotiators of the UK and the EU agreed a Brexit deal or Draft Withdrawal Agreement. In a nutshell, a transition period until December 2020 has been agreed, to be followed by another agreement which …Read More »
  • Employee Engagement – just for the big boys?

    Employee Engagement – just for the big boys?

    By Keith Pye, Director The other day I had what is becoming a standard comment from SME employers on the subject of employee engagement. The managing director of a warehousing company which employs about eighty people, told me that it was impossible for him to “engage” with his employees …Read More »
  • What is the point of T levels? Who are they for and what will they achieve?

    What is the point of T levels? Who are they for and what will they achieve?

    By Clare Vokes, Research Manager Manufacturers, engineers and other employers have been concerned about a lack of valuable, sought after skills for years. They are crying out for work-ready young recruits with technical competence who can help them to grow their businesses. Enter T Levels. ‘Rigorous and credible’, the …Read More »
  • Time to shake things up?

    Time to shake things up?

    By Dr Tom Wilson, Research Executive In the final blog of this series, we consider the education dilemma behind the digital revolution. Many of us cherish fond memories of dodging flying chalk stubs at the back of the classroom, but sadly those days have been consigned to the history …Read More »
  • A radical approach to digital skills?

    A radical approach to digital skills?

    By Dr Tom Wilson, Research Executive In the second blog of this series, we review the definition of ‘digital skills’, and the approach to training currently being taken in the UK. What do we really mean by digital skills? Does it mean that you can develop a sophisticated app …Read More »
  • Mind the (digital) gap

    Mind the (digital) gap

    By Dr Tom Wilson, Research Executive In the first of a series of blogs focussing on digital skills training and education in the UK, we take a look at the widening gap in the demand and supply of highly technical roles. Can you code? If so, the world is …Read More »
  • How to prosper from Brexit

    How to prosper from Brexit

    By Keith C Pye, Director Okay. Let’s get the divisive bit over with right up front. A little over half of the nation wanted to leave the EU and a little under half wanted to stay. The problem with the referendum was that it was set up without a …Read More »
  • Engineering and Construction – dual skills needed for the future

    Engineering and Construction – dual skills needed for the future

    By Annika Chapman, Research Executive How much reliance should we place in technology? How much should we trust that machines will always ‘get it right’? Hollywood spends billions every year creating shock and awe scenarios on the subject. Here in the real world, the question centres on how we …Read More »
  • T Levels – can stakeholders join the revolution and keep it real?

    T Levels – can stakeholders join the revolution and keep it real?

    By Miranda E Pye, Director Is it a cliché to suggest that the only constancy in life is change? Perhaps, but it must feel very real from the perspective of the Department for Education. Last October Justine Greening, then Education Secretary, announced the ‘biggest ever overhaul’ of technical education …Read More »
  • The Heritage Dilemma

    The Heritage Dilemma

    By Adrian J O Smith, Research Manager Have you ever wondered why “heritage” attracts such strong feelings? It’s essential that we conserve the best of our heritage but what does that actually mean in terms of the degree of preservation? If we leave out for the moment the very …Read More »