skills

Britain needs a careers renaissance

Nic Dakin MP  |  16 March 2017

The rapid changes taking place in Britain’s economy make it even more important that schools provide diverse careers advice for their students, writes Nic Dakin MP Having seen me present my ten minute rule bill on careers guidance (access to schools), a retired teacher got in touch with me incredulous that the fabric of careers had collapsed …

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British workers for British jobs

Editorial  |  9 February 2017

A future Labour government must shake-up skills on the scale the last transformed the NHS ‘We toured the country to talk about immigration and came back talking about skills’, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer tells this magazine (page 20) in his exclusive interview. Putting together this edition went on a similar journey. Whether it was commissions on Brexit, …

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Supporting young people for the world of work outside the classroom

Michael Lynas  |  30 September 2016

There are few more important subjects than how we prepare the next generation – our future – for life and work. In recent years, there has been extensive reform of the education system, with the academy programme pioneered by Labour and extended by the coalition and Conservative governments. What you study at school matters, studying …

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Talent attracts talent

Joe Goldberg  |  5 February 2016

The science behind job creation —The idea that politics is about the future is not a Clintonism; it is as old as any western philosophy. Ever since Socrates identified ‘the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but creating the future’, political discourse has been a debate between those that …

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Entrenched inequality starts at birth

Wes Streeting MP  |  2 February 2016

England is becoming an increasingly divided nation where life chances are determined by postcode, rather than potential. The latest report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission lays bare the opportunity gulf between different parts of the country and, as the commission’s chair Alan Milburn puts it, ‘the gulf between the ambition of a …

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The plan to steal Labour clothes

Karin Smyth MP  |  26 November 2015

It may turn out to be a day to tell our grandchildren about. But let’s get beyond the little red book, and whether the chancellor is clever, and focus on the real Tory plan. The plan to steal Labour clothes; to pick up on some of our best ideas – ones that address the priorities …

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The Miliband-Milburn dream-team

Jacqui Smith  |  1 July 2015

Promoting both economic and social mobility together is what Labour is for I want you to imagine that Ed Miliband and Alan Milburn get together and ‘father’ a policy programme. Stop screaming – I think I am onto something. What we need from a new Labour leader is a commitment to both the economic mobility …

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Education: a prerequisite to succeeding in the global economy

Tristram Hunt MP  |  13 April 2015

‘Mr Speaker, I beg to move, that the bill be now read a second time.’ With these words, we will put before the House of Commons for debate our first education bill of the next Labour government. During the long days of the campaign, as I travel around the country from Harrow East to High …

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Britain must seize the new digital age

Andrew Miller MP  |  20 March 2015

The United Kingdom’s strong science and engineering base is one of our greatest assets as a nation, with an unparalleled record of invention and innovation driven by world-leading firms and universities. But our economy is only now picking up after the slowest recovery from a recession in a century and a lot of people are …

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A parallel path to top quality jobs

Liam Byrne MP  |  12 March 2015

Britain cannot succeed unless we unlock the talents of all young people. Last month, Labour announced its progressive plan to bring down the cost of going to university, but unlike the Tories we will not focus solely on the 50 per cent who go down the traditional academic route. A Labour government will build an …

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