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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Making the fourth industrial revolution work for workers

Frances O'Grady  |  22 January 2016

The world of work is already well on its way to a new revolution. Workers change jobs, employers and careers far more frequently than ever before. There are new opportunities in industries that did not even exist ten years ago – plus technology continues to disrupt how existing jobs and sectors work. We welcome the …

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England’s apprenticeship system is built on quicksand

Tom Bewick  |  6 February 2015

The coalition government’s own domestic research paints a damming picture of the performance of apprenticeships in England since 2010. The hard facts confirm what many independent experts have been saying for some time, much of the hype around England’s apprenticeship system has been built on quicksand. From the prime minister down, the public has been …

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Decent Jobs Week guest-edit

John Park and Stella Creasy MP  |  16 December 2014

At twenty one you’re on top of the scrapheap At sixteen you were top of the class All they taught you at school Was how to be a good worker The system has failed you, don’t fail yourself In 1983 Billy Bragg predicted the future for young Britain with alarming accuracy. More than 31 years …

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The Limbo Law

Matthew Hood  |  10 July 2014

Teachers will easily picture the scene. It is four o’clock, the corridors have emptied and a kid knocks on your classroom door on the hunt for some advice. You stop your marking mission, welcome them in give them your full attention as they set out their latest dilemma. Your brow furrows as you realise it …

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Time for a stand alone University of Labour

Prem Goyal  |  3 August 2012

Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol has made clear that Labour can’t win using ‘the old playbook’. But what will replace it? An essential part of the new playbook should be the training programme Labour has for its members. A new training programme should build on the strengths of the current ‘Train to Win‘ programme and …

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We can’t work it out

Mark Rusling  |  22 March 2012

There is a dangerous group of policy issues that matter enormously, but that are often overlooked as being a little dull. Housing is one; pensions are another; and skills are definitely a third. Each area is equally important, but skills are perhaps more equally important than the others. 85 per cent of London graduates are …

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