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apprenticeships


March 1, 2018  8:59 PM

The Prime Minister’s Skills Funding Review goes well beyond “mere” funding

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Skills, Training

Ten days ago the Prime Minister took time out from Brexit to deliver a blockbuster of a speech on the need to reform the funding of Higher Education . The reactions from the

November 12, 2017  11:39 AM

No “end of jobs”: debunking the cyclical AI/Robotics hype

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ai, apprenticeships, Robotics

The first recorded prophecies of the "death of work" came in the later days of the Roman Empire where the spread of water wheels led to collapse in the price of slaves in Dalmatia. In the 16th Century clockwork automata (alias robots) were fashionable and about as useful as most of the domestic...


September 29, 2017  1:06 PM

Breaking Open the Graduate Digital Careers Ghetto – A guest blog

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships

On 19th September the Digital Policy Alliance 21CN Skills Group reviewed its draft paper “Addressing the skills needs of post Brexit Britain” and its own plans for helping bring about the changes needed. I also...


August 17, 2017  10:08 AM

Removing Digital from the Pointless Ponzi Skills scheme

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Skills

The Election Campaign revealed the unpopularity of the Student Loan scheme with students and parents. The Apprenticeship Levy scheme, at least in its current state, is equally unpopular with employers. At the time of the election


June 7, 2017  11:49 AM

Manifestos for Skills and Jobs or for Debt and Unemployment

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Skill, Stem, UKIP

The competition for the youth vote, with offers of free tuition fees to all subjects (Labour), or just for STEM subjects (as in the UKIP manifesto) are based on a world view that dates from the late 1960s, when belief in the value of three years at University had taken over from that of two years...


October 28, 2016  11:08 AM

Brexit adds urgency to sorting UK skills supply

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Brexit, Digital skills, Internet, parliament, SFA, Uncategorized

Calls for continued "freedom of movement" get enthusiastic support from IT industry audiences. The Parliament and the Internet Conference yesterday was no exception. But the Brexit vote was caused, in no small part, by nationwide frustration with...


August 16, 2016  7:17 PM

Government consults on Apprentice Grant and Levy Scheme: your chance to help get it right

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Consultations, FSB

It is vital that digital employers, large and small, not only respond to the consultation survey on the new grant and levy proposals, but also e-mail their wider views to the consultation e-mail address, apprenticeships.levy@bis.gsi.gov.uk , copied to the trade association and professional body of...


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


February 11, 2016  3:15 PM

Investigatory Powers versus Fighting Fraud Together and the Skills for Both

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, BIS, CMS, Cyber, ECDL, Ecorys, Kevin Cahill, OfQual, Prism, Security, SFA, Snowden

There is much to be digested in the report of the Joint Committee of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bills  but it is noteworthy that its publication coincides with the


September 21, 2015  7:06 PM

Our Digital Skills crises will be solved by employers acting locally in their own self-interest

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, immigrants, Martlesham, Shoreditch, Telford, United Kingdom


We regularly see headlines about skills shortages and hear employers complaining they cannot get the skills they need. Meanwhile they recruit supposedly skilled staff in India  rather than unemployed UK graduates who are the


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