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Planting seeds for Horticultural jobs

Interviewed after Hull City were promoted to the Premier League, Manager Steve Bruce pointed out that the pitch had made life very difficult. In other words, a better pitch means more points. Then, Ash dieback, Dutch elm disease and sudden … Continue reading

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Making things can do more than increase GDP

Frequently, the media highlights the decline of manufacturing and the Government urges the need to reverse the trend but, the means to do so are proving elusive. Building manufacturing capacity is tough when banks don’t lend and SMEs are reluctant … Continue reading

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Employability matters more than skills

Amidst all the talk of Gove and the Government; a drive to go back to a better yesterday of rigour and tough exams I keep hearing employers speak less about a baccalaureate of 5 GCSEs and more about employability. The … Continue reading

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Supply chains compete – not companies

The Humber and other places around the North Sea are buzzing with news on Renewable Energy. Prompted by projects like the Siemens factory and the Green Port Hull development, big and small companies alike all over Europe are being urged … Continue reading

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The Humber can lead on Renewables but the competition is fierce

Everyone across the Humber Region is willing the Renewables industry to reverse local economic trends and generate jobs; for the Humber to become the Aberdeen of clean energy. The champagne is on ice for when the Siemens project is given … Continue reading

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Building distributor management skills in emerging markets

Here’s a post from Tielman Nieuwoudt; a key member of Archomai’s International network and contributor to the Transformational Logistics Blog we support. Based in Johannesburg Tielman is Principal at the Supply Chain Lab and, has vast experience of supply chains across … Continue reading

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Skills and Energy Security – a Norwegian perspective

Offshore Oil, gas and soon wind is booming as energy along with food security become ever more significant across the globe. Easy oil is shifting to prospecting and drilling in tough environments as higher oil prices make inaccessible fields viable … Continue reading

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New generation Hull and skills

Hull, UK, hosted a Green Vision Summit on Monday where businesses and interest groups across the spectrum were invited to contribute to thinking on how the City could enhance its green credentials. Hull CC’s environment portfolio holder Martin Mancey wants … Continue reading

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Light manufacturing skills in developing markets

Skills has to be seen as key in any focus on sustainable growth and, as with the example from Sri Lanka and the German led vocational skills centre Tanzania is exploring the same agenda. The World Bank has just produced a … Continue reading

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A German Vocational Skills Centre in … Sri Lanka

This Blog has mentioned the German vocational skills model several times. It is well rooted in the High School structure and, places a heavy emphasis – unlike the UK – on links to industrial sectors. I travel in the Indian … Continue reading

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