Qualifications

‘Employer hubs’ at colleges could help meet skills needs

The UK’s skills gap could be tackled by creating sector specialist ‘employer hubs’ at local colleges.

Scrapping Union Learning Fund would be ‘tremendous loss’

19 Oct 2020

Tesco, Arla Foods and Tata Steel are among employers backing a campaign to persuade the government to rethink plans to scrap the Union Learning Fund.

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Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

13 Oct 2020

The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee...

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Number of over-50s out of work almost doubles

10 Aug 2020

Support for over-50s to retrain or gain a new qualification is needed to reduce long-term unemployment, a report has said,...

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How the Co-op uses apprenticeships to shake up career progression

6 May 2020

By focusing on career progression, The Co-op’s award-winning retail apprenticeship programme is helping improve retention and alter the outdated perception...

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Oxford Crown Court

NHS boss who lied about degree receives prison sentence

24 Jan 2020

A senior NHS boss who gained his job by falsely stating he had a degree has received a suspended prison...

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Conservative manifesto reveals plans to help UK workers ‘flourish’

25 Nov 2019

Boris Johnson has vowed to “invest in Britain’s people by giving them the tools and training to flourish in the 21st century”.

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Labour proposes free retraining to tackle ‘skills crisis’

12 Nov 2019

Labour will provide free lifelong retraining for all if it gets into power in next month’s general election.
It pledged...

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Quarter of employers ‘let down’ by apprenticeship providers

13 Sep 2019

A quarter of HR and L&D managers have been let down by their apprenticeship training provider.

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higher technical qualifications

Technical qualifications to be revamped to boost uptake

9 Jul 2019

Level 4 and 5 qualifications are to become Higher Technical Qualifications under new proposals.

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Temporary workers missing out on skills development

1 Jul 2019

Almost one million temporary workers are being excluded from skills development opportunities because of a poorly-designed apprenticeships system, the Recruitment...

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BBC equal pay: Can employers consider experience when setting salary?

28 May 2019

The BBC is once again in the spotlight after it offered a more experienced male employee a higher salary than...

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Workplace training mainly benefits the better qualified

9 May 2019

Employees with higher levels of education, women, younger employees and people with mid-range skills are the chief beneficiaries of training at work, a new ONS study has shown.

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Better working conditions needed to improve chef retention

3 Apr 2019

Chef training and working conditions need to be reformed to help restaurants retain the estimated 10% of chefs that leave...

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Tesco boss: Apprenticeship levy is too inflexible

29 Mar 2019

The CEO of the UK’s largest retailer has slammed the apprenticeship levy for being too inflexible and “open to abuse”.

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