Skills

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills

25/11/2019

A Conservative Government would deliver record investments in infrastructure, childcare and skills, according to the party’s manifesto.

Whitehall announces £18m for a dozen ‘left behind' areas

04/11/2019

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that the Opportunity Area programme will receive more funding to help improve educational outcomes and careers advice.

Council cuts damaging ‘grassroots’ grass pitches

30/10/2019

Local authority austerity and budget cuts have had a damaging effect on ‘grassroots’ grass pitches, a groundskeeping organisation says.

Council chiefs call for an end to ‘patchwork’ of careers advice

29/10/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to hand funding and control of national skills schemes to local areas as they warn thousands of young people risk missing out on careers advice.

Integrating migrants could boost economy by £7bn, think tank says

18/06/2019

A think tank has called for the setting up of ‘local integration funds’ to help migrants find jobs that match their skills as part of a series of proposals to improve integration.

Widening the property talent pool

17/06/2019

William Eichler finds out a new programme is encouraging young people to have a career in the property and regeneration sector.

Apprenticeship system ‘failing’ to make progress, MPs warn

22/05/2019

Local government leaders have backed sharp criticism by MPs of the current apprenticeship system.

Council chiefs call for action on 'youth jobs gap'

24/04/2019

Local authority leaders have renewed calls for an integrated employment and skills service following a report highlighting a 'youth jobs gap'.

Progress on qualification and skill levels must be made ahead of Brexit

18/03/2019

The Government and employers must do more to increase qualification and skill levels in the British workforce in the face of Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, think tank says.

Southern cities provide more jobs for low-skilled workers than in the North

07/03/2019

Employment opportunities are greater for low-skilled workers in southern English cities than those in the North or Midlands, a think tank has discovered.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

UK cities have 'more than recovered', says latest index

01/11/2018

Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to analysts.

New drive to improve adult digital skills

19/10/2018

The Government has launched a consultation aimed at enabling more adults to use computers.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says

09/10/2018

Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Skills shortages ‘major’ barrier to building new homes

12/09/2018

Skills shortages will overtake access to finance as a bigger barrier to building new homes, particularly after the UK leaves the EU, warn small house builders.

Whitehall launches £1m skills fund to diversify tech workforce

28/08/2018

The Government yesterday launched two new funds designed to boost diversity within digital and tech workforces.

Councils warn about jobs 'black hole' in tourism sector

13/08/2018

The UK's tourism industry - which is worth £126bn to the economy- is at risk of grinding to a halt due to a growing skills gap and record number of visitors, council leaders have warned.

Business leaders call for Apprenticeship Levy ‘overhaul’

19/07/2018

London’s business leaders have called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the Apprenticeship Levy and warned changes need to be made to skills provision.

South East councils call for powers to tackle skills shortage

17/07/2018

Councils have called for more powers to help address the skills shortage as report shows nearly all jobs will soon be closed to people without qualifications.

Cities must embrace technological change to prosper in future

18/06/2018

As we stand on the cusp of another age of automation, Andrew Carter says cities need to prepare and adapt to the coming changes to prosper in the future.

Government pledges £28m to help disadvantaged children

08/05/2018

The Government has pledged £28m to provide disadvantaged children and young people with education and training.

Government announces nearly £12m for adult skills training

29/03/2018

The department of education today announced it will be investing nearly £12m in projects aimed at helping adults learn new skills.

Building a future: women in construction

26/03/2018

Women working in the construction industry are very much in the minority, but they could be a valuable source of much-needed skills. Mark Whitehead attended a round table discussion focusing on the issue and considering some solutions.

Think tank outlines priorities for Sheffield's metro mayor

09/03/2018

The new mayor of Sheffield City Region should quickly introduce a ‘clean air charge’ when they take office, address skills gaps and bolster commercial centres, according to a think tank.

'Rise of the robots' could put one in five jobs at risk by 2030

29/01/2018

Automation and globalisation may help boost jobs across the country but they will also compound the North/South divide, a report has warned today.

Councils call for improvement to Apprenticeship Levy

11/01/2018

Councils should be allowed to spend the money returned from the Apprenticeship Levy beyond the two-year deadline, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Skills shortages reaching 'critical' levels warns report

10/01/2018

Council leaders have called for the radical reform of careers and skills services, after new research shows 12 million people will be unemployed or in jobs they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Think tank calls for ‘skills levy’ on construction industry

01/12/2017

A leading think tank has called on the Government to introduce a levy in the construction industry to boost skills training as part of a plan for Brexit.

Brexit, automation and poorly skilled workforce threaten economic future

06/11/2017

Half of England’s local labour markets are at risk from imminent 'migration squeeze' posed by Brexit, automation and an unskilled workforce, report warns.

Whitehall announces £40m to support disadvantaged youth

05/09/2017

The Government has announced the release of £40m in order to help boost the skills and life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas.

Councils warn twelve million people will be caught in skills gap by 2024

05/07/2017

Councils have called for new powers to deliver skills and employment services, after new research shows twelve million people will be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Front line staff ‘left behind’ on digital journey, report finds

28/04/2017

A ‘digital knowledge deficit’ among front line staff is holding back the effectiveness of change programmes in local authorities, new research reveals.

How can you help your local workforce succeed?

03/03/2017

Associate director for work and families at the IPPR think-tank, Clare McNeil, answers the key question.

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