Category Archives: Policy

How policy impacts skills development

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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There is no talent shortage – part 4

Archomai have been supporting the Hull based Cat.Zero project for over three years now. We ran a session with a group of young people yesterday. We cover an introduction to logistics and global supply chains with a look at supply … 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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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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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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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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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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