Category Archives: Policy

How policy impacts skills development

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 and the types of firms in the marketplace

Over the weekend several papers carried the launch of the Ownership Commission Report (March 2012); a useful analysis which calls into question the UK obsession with the PLC as the default ownership formula for business. There are several points raised … Continue reading

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The national skills agenda

The link between a skilled workforce and sustainable economic growth is evident across the world. Now, the need is not just for vocational courses as well as pure academic qualifications. We need a seismic shift that offers life-long learning opportunities … 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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The ILO Global Employment Trends (GET), 2012 paints a challenging picture

If 2011 was tough then, all commentators see 2012 as potentially worse. Mature markets are stagnating and are looking to little or no growth over the next few years; the Euro crisis does not help. Then, there are relatively fast … Continue reading

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The Leitch Review of Skills. Final Report, 2006

The final report of the Leitch Review of Skills, Prosperity for all in the global economy – world class skills, was published on 5th December 2006. The Review sets out a compelling vision for the UK. It shows that the … Continue reading

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