When IT Meets Politics:

Skills


November 30, 2019  8:05 PM

Your election choice: Protectionist Stagflation or Radical (Technology enabled) Change

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Conservative, digital, green, Labour, Libdem, Skills, Uncategorized

Without radical change, particularly to our education and training system to give our current and future workforce the skills of the future, that future is bleak, who-over wins on December 12th. Thec Conservative spending plans are ambitious. They require much more than the Brexit Dividend from...

October 5, 2019  5:43 PM

Turbocharging Full Fibre/5G Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Aviva, B4RN, Broadband, BT, EIS, Gigaclear, Inca, Skills

Turbocharging is the new post-Boris buzzword. It is apt for the £5 billion pound boost to broadband roll out announced at the Conservative party conference. It does not...


August 13, 2019  12:09 PM

A new look at the Cybersecurity Skills Market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, DCMS, DPA, Eurim, Skills

DCMS to survey the cybersecurity labour market

DCMS has announced  “a second survey of UK businesses, public sector organisations and charities to help understand the UK cyber security...


May 31, 2019  8:12 PM

Passing the baton on Cybersecurity Skills

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CompTIA, cybersecurity, DPA, ISACA, Skills

This year will be the first time I visit Infosec with no agenda. Or to be more precise I will have a Community Safety rather than a Cybersecurity Skills Agenda. This has caused me to take a cool look at what has happened and what has not over the past decade. It has also caused me to consider what...


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...


February 6, 2019  10:38 AM

A Skills Policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Skills

The pace of change in the skills in demand (as machine intelligence, now called AI, matures) is matched only by the pace of change in educational technology (using machine intelligence to transform the learning experience) and the ways we can use to acquire the new skills. Both have overtaken...


May 31, 2018  4:21 PM

A UK Strategy for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Skills

The Education Select Committee of the House of Commons has invited evidence for an enquiry into the challenges posed and...

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May 31, 2018  9:32 AM

Digital Skills – the view from 1997

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Skills

I am currently assembling material to quote in a submission to the Education Selection committee enquiry into skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The EURIM Briefing below was prepared in response to a request from Sir Leon Brittan to help with the planned follow up to the "European Year of...


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


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


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