Skills and training

Strengthening the British economy's backbone

Can strong, local institutions support the development of small firms? Julie Kenny, UKCES Commissioner and CEO of Pyronix, explains the latest UK Futures Programme competition. A significant proportion of small firms in the UK have relatively underdeveloped entrepreneurship and leadership …

“What is going on in the UK is really quite different from other countries” – the OECD Skills Beyond School report

Simon Field is an expert on the comparative analysis of vocational education and training (VET) systems. He leads the OECD’s policy review of VET systems, and is lead author on the OECD’s VET policy publications. Ken Manson spoke with him about …

Why employers shouldn’t forget about flexible workers

Flexible and atypical contracts – including temporary, casual and freelance work, along with the more controversial zero hours contracts – have garnered increasing media attention recently, with the issue of zero hours contracts in particular attracting criticism from all corners. …