Mind the skills gap

Employers, mind the gap

by Paul Brammer on November 12, 2014

There are so many stories in the press about employers struggling to combat skill gaps and it seems to me that this same record has been playing for the many years that I’ve been involved in the learning and skills arena. For me there are a few key ways that employers can help combat the ... Read more

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Flexibility in the's a whole life approach

by Paul Brammer on September 15, 2014

The idea of flexible working rights has come to prominence in recent years, with much media discussion and a greater appetite for it among the working population. Probably hallmarked in many people’s minds by more generous paternity leave, far wider ranging rights became law in June. Now ... Read more

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An academic question

by Paul Brammer on September 3, 2014

Now the results are out, hundreds of thousands of young people, their confidence boosted by hard won exam successes, are contemplating sixth form options or university places…and the glittering prizes of glittering futures. But there’s another side to young people’s prospects and ... Read more

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6 suggestions for working smart and doing the right things

by Paul Brammer on August 15, 2014

Is being successful in business a result of working hard, or working smart and doing the right things? My personal view is that in most cases it is both. In board rooms, many senior managers will say of their team “they work hard, they put the hours in”. I know that I've said this. ... Read more


Apprenticeship or Degree: What are your thoughts?

by Sarah Holbrook on August 6, 2014

With the start of academic year fast approaching and as the exciting haze of University life looms for thousands of young people, I ask the question: University or Apprenticeship? It’s a question that needs careful consideration by young people and parents. I went to University and had a ... Read more


A seamless transition from school to work  

by Charmian Roberts MBE on July 22, 2014

After reading a recent article in Personnel Today about employers wanting more support to get young people ready for work, I concluded there are several things employers can do, several things schools can do and several things young people can do to help. However, the key is to get all players ... Read more

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