Blogs

  • 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 »
  • MOOCs – the future of corporate CPD?

    MOOCs – the future of corporate CPD?

    In recent years, the MOOC – or Massive Open Online Course – has been causing a stir within the higher education scene in the United States. Branded as a tool to democratise education, MOOCs offer learners the opportunity to take specially designed online courses delivered by Ivy League University …Read More »
  • The transformation of the energy sector

    The transformation of the energy sector

    The energy sector is arguably one of the fastest changing industries in the UK. It comprises radically different sub-sectors, with coal mining in decline at one end of the spectrum, and renewable technologies experiencing rapid growth at the other end. Emerging technologies and a growing awareness of fuel constraints …Read More »