Category Archives: Forum

General discussions on skills

Cold calling

I don’t know whether it is just me, but in the past couple of weeks I have been receiving cold calls from various (mostly) leisure companies. The one thing that has “impressed” me about the calls is the rudeness and … 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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Regeneration is about skills not just buildings

This evening, Paul Swinney, an economist at the Centre for Cities was interviewed on the BBC local news and assessed the impact of Regeneration Projects in places like Hull over the past few years. Swinney highlighted successes such as the … Continue reading

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Skills Policy – is the best policy for government to do little?

I have just read a very interesting review on skills policy sponsored by InsightEast and written by Professor Ewart Keep from the ESRC’s Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. … Continue reading

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CatZero celebrate their success with NEETs

Yesterday evening I was at an event celebrating the end of a three year programme run by the CatZero charity helping to remove the N from NEET (young people Not in Employment, Education or Training). Hull and the Humber have … Continue reading

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The need for a NEET solution

This week, the UKs Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, pledged to deal with the “ticking time bomb” of NEETs – young people from 16 to 23 who are Not In Education, Employment or Training. He announced a £126 million scheme … Continue reading

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Let’s look at training technologies with Axon. An interview with Tom Bremer

Archomai are working with a number of companies on business analytics; performance improvement; simulation and simulator technologies – this is our drive to improve operating performance. One of the leading companies delivering training solutions in the Oil industry is ARCD … Continue reading

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Are Apprenticeships fit for purpose?

I typed the word “apprenticeship” into a web browser and it generated 20.7 million references in 0.10 seconds. I learned – This is a “work based pathway to earn and learn”; there has been a 60% increase in apprenticeships in … Continue reading

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Offshore Wind Conference on the Humber highlights skills

Earlier today, former Cabinet Minister and MP for West Hull & Hessle Alan Johnson gave an address and Rob Bell, CEO of Archomai,  was one of a panel of speakers moving the Humber offshore wind agenda from talk of IF … Continue reading

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Simulators & skills go back a long way

‘Simulator (noun): any device or system that reproduces the conditions of a situation for the purposes of research or training’ (Collins, 2005) Years ago I lived in Hong Kong and would take off and land at the legendary Kai Tak … Continue reading

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