Category Archives: Forum

General discussions on skills

Change

I came across this article today, and being considered by some to be an expert on IT, it registered with me. I often get asked what app someone should use, but have also learned to be careful, because what works … Continue reading

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Hull and Humber needs to bring ideas to the table

This week the Cities Commission followed the Chancellor and Core Cities in backing a Supercity powerhouse of the North. The working title “ManSheffLeedsPool” may well grab the headlines but it is a bit late. In 2005, architect Will Alsop coined … Continue reading

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No more lost generations

In February this year, the No More Lost Generations cross-party report was published. It only looked at the construction sector, but the issues raised cut across most sectors involved with physical work. The statistics quoted demonstrate how poorly served the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on road transport

Commercial Motor magazine has had a few items recently related to skills in the transport industry. They shed a little light onto the issues that lie behind why the average age of drivers is continuing to move towards 60. First, … Continue reading

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The future is messy

Seth Godin’s short post, The Future is Messy, is thought provoking when you continue the thought process: anything that is messy is risky, while what has happened before is neat and consequently carries little risk. When we have organisations who … Continue reading

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Where are the jobs?

What follows relates to Scotland and the Humber, but could be repeated in many, many places. Talking to a guy who trains people to transport wind turbines from port to final location, he made the comment that most of the … Continue reading

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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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Should the term NEET be banned?

Hull Youth Enterprise, ably assisted by Charles Cracknell, are looking to campaign to change the culture around the term NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) and replace it with the term GREET (Getting Ready Employment (inc Enterprise) Education & … Continue reading

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There is no talent shortage – part 3

The Corporate IT Forum has just found out that one result of offshoring entry-level IT roles has fuelled a shortage of experienced IT staff in the UK. Simply, if you offshore all the work that entry level IT staff would … Continue reading

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Antifragile and Skills

Reading a recent issue of New Scientist, I came across an interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, mostly about his antifragile concept. In essence, Taleb believes that the opposite to fragile is not robust, but antifragile – something that gains from … Continue reading

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