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Thousands Benefits from Go-Grow Scheme
March 1, 2018
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An initiative to upskill workforces and boost productivity across the North East has hit a major milestone, delivering free training to more than ten thousand people.

The Go>Grow scheme has seen thousands of individuals and organisations benefit from training over the last five months, helping them to improve business performance and equip employees with critical new skills.

The scheme was launched after Gateshead College, which is leading the project, secured £15m worth of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

So far, more than £7.5m worth of training has been delivered as Go>Grow has helped people to gain vital skills to successfully gain employment and improve their effectiveness at work, with many businesses seeing an uptake in demand for their services as a result.

The courses are being delivered in partnership with colleges, training providers and business support specialists, with a wide range of subjects available. Read more

David Hughes: My Four-Point Plan to Fill the Skills Gap
February 28, 2018
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Here’s is David’s article in Local Government Chronicle on skills devolution.

Simple message is that focusing on who controls the money misses the point – we all need to work together to achieve a culture shift in which more people and more employers know why and how to invest in skills. That demand-stimulation is so important, much more than who controls the totally inadequate adult education budget.

David Hughes Four Point Plan

Skills for the 21st Century
February 6, 2018
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The OECD Survey of Adult Skills is the jewel in the crown of its Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

This paper argues that the findings and policy lessons from the project to date justify the high hopes which were placed in PIAAC when detailed planning for the project began in 2003.

First, it presents a brief recap of PIAAC and its two predecessor international skills surveys.

Second, it outlines the main themes which have been investigated to date using data from PIAAC. Read more

Skills for the North: Devolving Technical Education to Cities
January 29, 2018
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The think tank IPPR North, in their report “Skills for the North: Devolving Technical Education to Cities”, has called for further powers and budgets for skills to be devolved to “business leaders in Local Enterprise Partnerships” (LEPs).  

Skills devolution, the report suggests, should be tied with the needs of the economy. This is because “plans to boost prosperity and productivity can be brought together with local knowledge about skills supply, skills need and opportunities to make the best use of regional skills provision within the local labour market”.

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New Skills Commission Inquiry
January 2, 2018
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The Skills Commission is scoping for the fourth report in the Spotlight series, which will examine gender and the skills system.

Gender imbalances in certain careers and sectors are well reported and from next year employers will be obligated to report on their gender pay gap. This inquiry will investigate the impact of recent reforms to the skills system, with a particular emphasis on the gender neutrality of Careers Advice, Information and Guidance in schools, considering whether this is reinforcing the gender pay gap.

The inquiry is part of the Commission’s Spotlight project which aims to examine the impact of the reforms to the skills system on overlooked groups and will be Co-Chaired by Peter Mayhew-Smith and two Parliamentarians.

The Spotlight project is supported by the Learning and Work Institute and LCBT (the London College of Beauty Therapy).

If you would be interested in sponsoring this inquiry, please get in touch with Beth Wheaton (beth.wheaton@policyconnect.org.uk

UK’s Digital Skills Gap – FSB Warning
December 19, 2017
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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned the Government that plans to tackle the UK’s productivity deficit must pay attention to the digital skills gap in small firms.

One of the ways to achieve this is by making an element of the National Training Scheme tied to the needs of small companies. The Chairman of the FSB, Mike Cherry, said that making digital skills more accessible to staff in small firms would mean “we have a real chance of creating more world-beating businesses and boosting growth”. A revealing example of what the digital skills gap looks like is highlighted by the latest SME tracker report.

This shows that small businesses are more likely to use faxes to sell their products than a mobile phone app.

To read the full article CLICK HERE

The digital future of work: What skills will be needed?
December 14, 2017
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Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines can also take on more sophisticated tasks. 

What does the future of work hold for our young people? From the experts at McKinsey, watch this video and learn the skills your students will need to succeed in the future.

Click HERE to Watch Now

Skills Shortage Tightens Around UK Construction Sector
November 27, 2017
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Bitain’s shortage of surveyors, bricklayers and other construction workers is holding back building work just at the time when the country needs more houses and infrastructure.

Almost two-thirds of surveyors said a lack of skilled workers is a key factor limiting building activity, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

The skills shortage has now overtaken planning and regulation as the second biggest problem facing the industry, with 62pc reporting recruitment problems in the third quarter of the year.

This is the highest proportion in two years and one of the highest scores on record.

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Business North Call for Evidence – Skills & Education
November 18, 2017
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Business North – the leaders’ network representing the voice of business in the north of England on issues of economic growth – has recently launched a new call for evidence concerning education and skills.

IPPR North’s own analysis has found that improving skills levels across the population, particularly among those with ‘low or no’ qualifications, is a key priority for regional growth in the north of England.

The call is open until 31 December 2017.

To find out more CLICK HERE – submissions of no more than 3,000 words, can be made in writing and sent to north@ippr.org.

Ofqual Consults on Reform of Functional Skills
September 29, 2017
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Ofqual is seeking views on its proposal to reform functional skills qualifications in English and maths.

Ofqual has published a consultation on our approach to regulating reformed functional skills qualifications in English and maths. It closely links with a consultation on proposed subject content by the Department for Education.

The consultation will end on 22 November 2017.

Wider stakeholder events

In addition to the online consultation Ofqual are hosting two events, which aim to:

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