• 04/01/2016

    Statement Digital become Inspiring Skills first paid business sponsor

    Dan Conboy MD of Statement Agency become the first business sponsors of the Inspiring Skills dating agency portal.   

    Online Education-Business dating agency portal released as a pilot

    The new Inspiring Skills portal has was released to a group of schools and businesses at the BizEd conference in Wakefield UK.  The service is currently free and brings together education and business with matching functionality for 20 enterprise activities including work experience.

    Member Spotlight - Cognitiv

    Graham Howarth of Sarcophagus explains his reasons for joining Cognitiv Creative, Digital and IT Industry Group, please see Cognitiv News.

    Make the Grade - Systematic business engagement

    How do businesses measure success in terms of school engagement?

    "Six-year-olds understand digital technology better than adults" - Ofcom

    The Guardian newspaper is reporting that the average six-year-old child understands more about digital technology than a 45-year-old adult , according to a new report published by Ofcom ... more information on this article to follow 

    Big Business inspires young to fill growth sector jobs

    11 businesses including Coca Cola, Fujitsu and Haribo helped to host the first inspiring Skills event "Wakefield is Working" to inspire young to take up growth sector opportunities.  The event was opened by Councillor Box the Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

    New study claims soft skills valued over technical knowledge in graduates

    The Telegraph is reporting a new study that claims effective communication and an ability to work as part of a team are valued more highly than technical knowledge by graduate employers.

    The survey of 198 UK employers found that soft skills, including confidence and an ability to be analytical were all valued more than technical knowledge by employers at the recruitment stage.

    When asked to rank a l…


    Britain faces "growing shortage" of digital skills - The Telegraph

    Announced in November last year by Labour leader, Ed Miliband, the task force was set up with the aim of closing the skills gap in the British work force.

    Estimates from the Science Council suggest that the ICT workforce will grow by 39 per cent by 2030, and a 2013 report from O2 stated that around 745,000 additional workers with digital skills would be needed to meet demand between now and 2017.



    Jobs vacancies are rising but graduates lack the right skills - The Times

    The Times is reporting that almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university…

    Hundreds of posts with Britain’s leading companies were left vacant as employers said universities were failing to produce graduates with the skills they wanted, and predicted that things would get worse.

    The f…


    Headteachers, particularly in primary schools, express fears over lengthy summer breaks

    Headteachers, particularly in primary schools, expressed fear that the lengthy summer break could cause children to forget what they have learned, disrupting the transition to the new academic year.

    Some 70 per cent said they were counteracting the postholiday learning dip with voluntary summer reading schemes, while 27 per cent said they had moved pupils to next year’s class for the last two…


    GCSE and A level subject content to be taught from 2016

    The government has already published subject content for GCSEs in English Baccalaureate subjects and for the first group of A levels to be reformed.

    Today, I am publishing, for consultation, new subject content for a further set of GCSEs and A levels. These subjects will be first taught in 2016. The content for these subjects will prepare students better for further and higher education and employm…


    School leavers lack basic work skills, CBI warns - The Independent

    One in three business leaders is concerned at youngsters’ poor attitude to work, while more than half (52 per cent) are dissatisfied with school leavers’ communication skills, the seventh annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey found.


     Almost four out of 10 (38 per cent) firms expressed concern at school leavers’ basic numeracy, while half said young job seekers&…


    Generation of children left without vital skills  - The Telegraph

    Generation of children left without vital skills
    Lord Baker, the former Conservative education secretary, says that large numbers of children are being forced to leave school lacking the vital skills needed to find a job

    The Government is “letting down a generation” of children by failing to equip them with the skills needed to secure a good job, a former Conservative education secretar…


    Local Government Association Article

    Fall in jobless total hides plight of 2.5m young adults whose talents go to waste
    Underemployment and underachievement are wasting the talents of 2.5 million young adults. Official figures out tomorrow are expected to show another fall in UK unemployment, but analysis from the LGA shows the picture is far gloomier for young adults in England and Wales than the headline figures suggest.  …

    Friday First special skills event

    Inspiring Skills and Squirrelit were featured in Friday First special skills event on 7th March 2014 Mike Denby from Wakefield Council spoke about Apprenticeship opportunities to celebrate National Apprenticeship week. The keynote speaker, Simon Nadin, has held high profile roles at Rolls Royce and now Siemens and discussed the need for better soft skills and a lack of engineers.

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