wordcloud CIPD – It’s up to HR to ‘enlighten’ young jobseekers
HR has a vital role to play in helping the 1.64 million 18 to 24-year-olds struggling to find work across the UK, but more volunteers need to step up to the plate.

Lower government funding will hit university teaching budgets in England
Students’ union fears erosion of quality as Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) reveals 2014-15 allocation.

Government’s Universal Jobmatch website ‘here to stay’, says Monster CEO
The government’s controversial jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, is not going to be scrapped, according to the site’s creator, Monster.

CBI response – Budget 2014 – in-depth sector-by-sector response to Chanceller’s speech
The Budget will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers.

New blueprint for inspecting good and outstanding schools
Ofsted chief unveils new blueprint for inspecting good and outstanding schools.

Over 95 per cent of schools in England use the learning records service
Over 95 per cent of schools in England have now registered to use the learning records service to get unique learner numbers for their pupils.

Thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds in education or training
New figures reveal that 35,000 more 16- and 17-year-olds are in education or training.

Nominate learners and employers for the 2014 VQ Awards
VQ Day on 4th June 2014 aims to raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning and celebrate vocational achievement including Apprenticeships.

Association of Colleges – Response to the Budget 2014
“We welcome the decision to extend the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers and the development of a new model of higher level apprenticeships” – Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Collges.

Cities Minister speaks at Solent Skills Summit
Greg Clark MP, Minister for Cities, provided the keynote address today at the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Solent Skills Summit.

UCU response to budget
UCU today welcomed plans for extra apprenticeship grants and the development of graduate-level apprenticeships announced in the budget.

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes budget announcement
“The measures announced in today’s budget are encouraging: in particular, we welcome the news around the £200m made available for urgent maintenance to repairing roads” – Steve Hindley, Heart of the South West LEP

TUC calls for tougher action on zero-hours contracts
“The report highlights how the government is failing to address many of the abuses experienced by workers on zero-hours contracts” – Frances O’Grady, TUC

Bag yourself that apprentice…without drowning in bureaucracy
Demystifying the process of getting a young person on board – as businesses pledge another 20,000 places.

OECD – Recovery continuing in G7 countries, but emerging economies are mixed
Recovery is under way in the world’s advanced economies, underpinned by supportive financial conditions and reduced drag from budgetary tightening, but activity in the major emerging markets is mixed, according to the OECD.

RBS economics expert to speak at South West Annual Lunch
The CBI South West Annual Lunch is once again very generously sponsored by the RBS, CBI are exceptionally grateful for their continued support in ensuring the lunch remains a key event in the business calendar.

Inclusion’s response to the Budget 2014 – OBR forecast
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published their economic forecast alongside the budget. They forecast continuing falls in unemployment and the claimant count, and rises in employment.

Budget misses opportunities to address skills shortages
“As the economy picks up and despite some mention of skills, we were disappointed the Chancellor didn’t take more opportunities to boost ways for adults to increase their skills” – David Hughes, NIACE

Budget bingo tax cut to create and save hundreds of jobs and revitalise industry
Industry welcomes tax cut and unveils plans for the future.

Women on Boards 2014 – 3 years on
Lord Davies of Abersoch has today (26 March 2014) published the third annual progress report into Women on Boards.