3 essential things new freelancers must learn


In the United Kingdom, there’s been a large uptick in the percentage of the workforce classified as freelancers. There are several reasons for the increase, ranging from economic concerns to lifestyle choices, and the ranks of freelancers are growing every day. As a career path, working as a freelancer is appealing to many due to […]

L&D is crucial to combatting youth unemployment


There’s still a way to go in getting youth unemployment down. Rosi Prescott sets out her manifesto. While there has been a general feeling of positivity recently surrounding the reduction in youth unemployment, we were dealt a blow last week as new figures released indicated the number of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds who […]

Insight: Nearly half of young people want better business skills


New figures find nearly half (48%) of young people believe they are not being taught the skills employers will be looking for in entry level candidates in the future. This latest research used the findings of the Future Work Skills 2020 report, which identified the skills employers would look for in entry level recruits over […]

News: Apprenticeships on the rise again


The number of apprenticeship vacancies hits a high as the nation’s employers back a new generation of workers. Data released today reveals a 28% increase in apprenticeship vacancies posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014 (Academic Year Q1 2014/15) compared to the same period the previous year. 46,920 vacancies were […]

News: Councils call for more power to help young people into work or learning


Council leaders have warned that thousands of young people could miss out on education or employment if the government fails to completely overhaul its approach to youth services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has therefore urged the government to give local authorities more responsibility and funding to run youth training and employment schemes. Such a […]

TrainingZone interviews: MyKindaCrowd’s William Akerman


How do you spot talent? When do you start? How do you get young people engaged in the world of work? William Akerman from social enterprise MyKindaCrowd is a man with a few ideas and we emailed him recently. Consumer technology such as smartphones: Empowering or distracting from the learning experience for young people? Smartphones and […]

University is not the be all and end all


Ian Harper discusses the challenges facing young people today and some of the changes that need to be made to ensure a smooth transition from education to the workplace. It was estimated that 160,000 students were left out in the cold by universities this year, due to the sheer number of applications. Despite another year […]

Budget 2010: Our forecast


 PR: wait…  I: wait…  L: wait…  LD: wait…  I: wait… wait…  Rank: wait…  Traffic: wait…  Price: wait…  C: wait… This year’s Budget promised training for young people but paid lip service to skills with no detail on apprenticeships. With clouds gathering we take a look at the forecast for the Darling effect.  Unemployment – be […]

Government reveals shocking NEET figures


Record numbers of young people are not in education, employment or training (Neets), government figures reveal today. The latest report from the Department for Children, Schools and Families show that a shocking one in six adults aged 18 to 24 in England are Neets. What’s more the figures, for the second quarter of this year, […]


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