Category Archives: Business and Finance

Skills drive growth

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ Lesley Giles explained that business leaders have to take a more pro-active role in skills policy as government budgets become more constrained. Firms which don’t...

Skills: an innovative approach

Vocational education must shift from college courses to workplace-based apprenticeships, according to Skills Development Scotland’s Damien Yeates. Work-based skills acquisition is a strong passion for Damien Yeates. Most vocational education takes place...

Plan I for innovation

NESTA’s Stian Westlake is encouraging government to look at the evidence for good innovation and support ambitious start-up businesses. As an innovation think tank, NESTA wants the economic debate to move beyond...

Driving up productivity

Regional productivity remains low after 56 years of policy analysis. Our innovation discussion group called for focused support for innovators, clustering and mentoring to change the trend. “Productivity isn’t everything but in...

Funding plans spark debate

John O’Dowd’s proposed changes to school funding have come up against strong opposition. Proposals to change the common funding formula for schools have sparked a heated debate which is likely to continue...