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June 28, 2019  10:35 AM

Who is serious about On-line Harms?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DCMS, Facebook, Google

1) DCMS kicks the can down the road - again

The deadline for submissions to the DCMS consultation on On Line Harms  is July 1st. The NAO...

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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


September 9, 2017  1:30 PM

The “Great British Broadband Boost” is ringfenced for BT.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
backhaul, Broadband, BT, competition, fttc, Gigaclear, Openreach

The DCMS Press release headlined "The Great British Broadband Boost" needs to be put in context.  The "boost" comprises £465 million


September 7, 2017  7:21 AM

How much of your Adtech audience is for real?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adtech, Facebook, Fraud, Google

How much of your on-line advertising budget is spent getting clicks from avatars? Claims as to proportion of paid for adtech clicks that are fraudulent range from


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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