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Apprenticeship


May 25, 2019  5:16 PM

5/10 for the IfA Digital Apprenticeships Standards Review

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, CompTIA, Skills

The Statutory Review of the Digital Apprenticeship standards  inherited by the Institute for Apprenticeships answers less than half the question. Much of the question (e.g. allowable costs) is...

June 26, 2018  10:24 AM

Addressing the Digital Infrastructure Skills Crisis

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Communications, Digital infrastructure

Capital investment in UK broadband infrastructure has quadrupled over the past two years, albeit it has not yet recovered to the level before local loop unbundling. This has revealed severe shortages in the supply of the skills to construct and/or upgrade networks. The problem will get worse as...


June 13, 2016  3:49 PM

Is there really a Digital Skills Crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, apprenticeships, BIS, Digital skills, European Commission, Pitcom, Trailblazer

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated


March 3, 2016  2:18 PM

Consultations on Digital Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, consultation, OfQual

Many readers have strong views on both Digital Apprenticeships and the plans for an Apprenticeship Levy. Speak now or for-ever hold your peace or rather speak now and then continue to make a fuss until your voices are heard. The deadline for submissions to the Tech Partnership...


February 8, 2016  2:12 PM

How do we ensure digital apprenticeships are fit for purpose?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, BCS, CEDMA, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, FE, Google, HE, IBM, Internet of Things, ISEB, Microsoft, OfQual, Oracle, QCF, SFA, Trailblazer, Y2K


The House Of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Enquiry into


December 28, 2015  6:49 PM

Why do we still have digital skills gap” when Harold Wilson identified both problem and solution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Contracts, Digital skills, Tata, Trailblazer

1.    Until earlier this year we were trapped in Groundhog Day

There have been regular enquiries into shortages of what we now call "digital skills" for 50 years.  A cyclical pattern was identified in the 1980s. Each recession after that of 1979 - 83...


September 29, 2015  4:45 PM

Training for jobs or jobs for trainers: the proposal for an apprenticeship levy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, BIS, consultation, Training

The deadline for submissions to the consultation on the implementation of the apprenticeship levy programme announced in the budget is on Friday. The


July 16, 2015  4:02 PM

Why is Computer Science degree worth 20% of History Degree to a man but twice as much to a woman?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, FE, IT skills, Shortages

As part of the follow up to my first blog on the effects on Digital Skills of the Spring Budget I have been looking at some of the back up material. I began with "Fixing the...

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July 1, 2015  9:27 AM

Transforming participation in Digital Skills programmes by involving MPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, European Union, London

Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. We can expect to hear more in the budget this week....


February 10, 2015  10:30 AM

Who do you trust to retrain existing staff to handle that which you cannot risk to contractors?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AIM, Alex, Apprenticeship, Big Data, Compliance, crisis, cybersecurity, e-skills, GREXIT, NED, risk, SIGINT, Skills, Turnover

January usually sees a sharp rise in recruitment effort across the financial services industry, to replace those leaving at year end or who hand in their notice after the Christmas break. This year recruitment effort is down because of the uncertainties caused by the crash in oil prices and the...


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