This week the headlines focus on Marchmont research in the spotlight, growth in construction and skills shortages, wage growth in manufacturing, South Devon’s new University Technical College, the Civil Service Fast Stream and the search for an FE provider to take on A4e’s ailing £17m prison education contract. Last week’s newsletter reported on manufacturing growth, new training centres in composites and textiles, Hinkley’s innovation centre, apprenticeships in the hospitality, logistics and creative sectors, opportunities in construction and the chemical industry’s national skills conference.

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Ron McQuaid, Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Stirling and Dr Valerie Egdell at the Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University recently put Marchmont research in the spotlight, featuring our work ‘Good practice examples for labour market intelligence (LMI) tools in European regions and localities’ on Skills Development Scotland.

UKCES has recently published a suite of five interesting reports entitled, ‘The labour market story’ – an overview, skills for the future, skills use at work, the state of UK skills and the UK following recession.

The latest National Careers Service Job Confidence Index shows the nation’s job confidence has been steadily increasing since the Index was first released in August 2013. Indeed, the latest economic forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has indicated that the UK’s construction industry is expected to continue its recovery over the next two years. Construction remains one of the UK’s top performing sectors with respect to job creation, apparent by the volume of vacancies advertised on agency websites. Calls for enhancements to infrastructure has fuelled demand for construction workers, however skills shortages are causing headaches for the sector.

The economic recovery is also feeding through into the pay packets of manufacturing employees, according to the latest data from the sector organisation formerly known as the Engineering Employers’ Federation. Manufacturing businesses in Wiltshire can learn how to use design for competitive advantage, at a MAS Workshop on 9th October 2014. Meanwhile, the hunt is on to find the very Best of British Engineering, to be celebrated at the second Semta Skills Awards.  As for tomorrow’s scientists and engineers, they can apply for places at South Devon’s new University Technical College in Engineering, Water and the Environment, which opens its doors to the first intake of students this time next year.

Applications are also open to join the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2015, which offers talented graduates a quicker route to leadership and the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. Grads for Growth have produced a fantastic infographic depicting the results of a recent survey of 900 students on recent recruitment trends and the views and opinions of students & smaller businesses across the UK.

…and finally, a round-up of titbits of sector intelligence: the Skills Funding Agency is looking for a general FE college to step in after Action 4 Employment (A4e) pulled out early from London’s £17m prison education contract. Skills for Care has launched a new animation for employers who want to know more about signing up to the I Care…Ambassadors programme. SkillsActive invites views towards a review of National Occupational Standards in spectator safety, and a resource for key stages 1 to 4 has been launched to educate children about the work of the UK armed forces.

I hope you find this information useful.



National Headlines

Early Conciliation data suggests employees want to avoid tribunals
The majority of employees are open to settling disputes via the Acas Early Conciliation (EC) scheme rather than going through costly employment tribunals, according to official figures.

Great British Brands – Rolls-Royce and Teach First to train 75 new STEM teachers
Chancellor welcomes new Rolls-Royce and Teach First partnership to train 75 new STEM teachers on his tour of Great British Brands.

New curriculum will make education system ‘envy of the world’
As a new school term begins, millions of children will be taught a new ‘world-class’ curriculum to prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Is it time to restructure our universities?
A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system.

HEFCE funding for Jisc national data centre
A new data centre, funded with £900,000 from HEFCE, will open up high-performance computing at a reasonable price to a consortium of universities and research institutes under a five-year agreement.

UK Research Partnership Investment Fund round 4
A further £100 million is being allocated across the UK to develop research facilities to encourage collaboration and support excellent research.

Grads for Growth – Infographic – Smaller businesses, A positive career choice for graduates?
A recent survey by Step, GTI Media and the NUS of 900 students of recent recruitment trends; the views & opinions of students & smaller businesses across the UK.

The hardest job for graduates? Finding a job
In the final part of our series, we look at the problem graduates face when they try to find paid work.

Employee skill assessments lack links to national validation systems
Cedefop report finds that to best serve individuals, validation of non-formal and informal learning must take experience of companies into account.

UKTI – 20 billion reasons to export
Recent visits to companies have confirmed to me that the North East has a lot to be proud about.

World Economic Forum – UK moves up global economic list
The UK has edged up the global rankings in a major annual survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

UK to host interactive seminars on international IP protection
Experts from WIPO are teaming up with the IPO to deliver a series of free seminars.

Exporting to India – Surviving a Trade Mission
Brian Payne, Director of International Development at Skills for Health outlines the highlights of his recent trade trip to India…

NIACE evidence to Lords Select Committee
Lifelong learning is the key to the UK’s digital growth, giving everyone regardless of their age, stage or background, the opportunity to participate in a digital society, as digital citizens, workers or makers.

New Report from the Young Women’s Trust – ‘The Crisis of Young Women’s Worklessness’
More than 90,000 more young women than men are out of education, employment and training. According to the latest figures, 418,000 women aged 18-24 compared with 325,000 men are considered NEET.

Employment and Support Allowance assessment result wait time ‘unacceptable’
Official figures show that one in four disabled people have been made to wait an “unacceptable” length of time for the outcome of ESA claims to be decided.

£18bn of value will be delivered to the economy by the Work Programme, report estimates
A new report, ‘The Economic Impact of the Work Programme’, by Europe Economics is the first study to look at the economic benefits of the Work Programme and the added financial value it delivers to employers, employees and the taxpayers.

Almost a third of young workers on low pay
One-in-three young people in work are now classed as being on ‘low pay’, according to a report due to be published later this month by the Resolution Foundation.

Why hot-desking needs careful management
Employers must not ignore their health and safety responsibilities over flexible work station arrangements.

285,000 working couples eligible for shared parental leave
Couples finding out now that they are expecting a child will be among the first eligible to take advantage of new shared parental leave.

South West Headlines

University shortlisted for three Times Higher Education awards
It was announced yesterday (4 September) that the University of Exeter had been shortlisted for three Times Higher Education (THE) awards.

CBI comments on MPC announcement
The CBI commented on the announcement from the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that it will keep interest rates on hold.

More than 160 job losses at Bristol farm equipment firm
More than 160 people have been made redundant after an agricultural equipment manufacturer went into administration.

Low-paid job creation has pushed earnings growth to record low
The shift in employment from higher to lower paying industries, combined with rising levels of under-employment have helped push earnings growth to a record low, according to a new report published today (Thursday) by the TUC.

Skills for Care and National Skills Academy welcome Demos report
Skills for Care and National Skills Academy have welcomed the Demos’ Commission on Residential Care report published today.

FSB says Local Enterprise Partnerships must engage more with small businesses
£17 billion of public money spent by LEPS needs to be accounted for, says FSB.

South West A-level students urged to consider benefits of construction apprenticeships
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is urging students in the South West to consider the benefits of apprenticeships in construction as a serious alternative to going to university.

Government needs to make tough decisions on 16-18 funding
Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, responds to the latest report from the National Audit Office about the participation of 16 to 18-year-olds in education.

Improving lives through adult education needs budget to match demand
MPs in Parliament challenged ministers on the significant cuts to adult learning in a debate yesterday afternoon.

Government supports UK’s next generation of cyber security professionals
The first government supported MOOC to inspire and educate the next generation of cyber security professionals in the UK launches today.

TUC – A record number of people are looking for extra hours to top up their wages
The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday).

Professional Mining Programme launched by Camborne School of Mines
Camborne School of Mines has announced the launch of a pioneering new Programme, designed to deliver key learning and professional development to employees and stakeholders within the mining industry.

The future of Apprenticeships discussed at House of Lords eventAn audience of nearly 100 people gathered at the
House of Lords on 29th July, to hear the outcome of research into Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition in the plumbing and heating industry.

Nine out of ten jobs advertised on Universal Jobmatch placed by agencies, says report
New research carried out for London Voluntary Service Council shows that nine in every ten jobs advertised in London on Universal Jobmatch were placed there by job warehouses, CV listings sites, and recruitment agencies.

Unique event helps freelancers develop skills in TV drama production
If you are a freelancer looking to embark on or further develop your career in TV drama production, we are delighted to confirm two special training days that we are running with The BBC Academy in Birmingham (20 October 2014) and MediaCity, Salford (21 November 2014).

Tech and Cyber Security Internships opportunities
Private and public sector employers agree that recruiting Tech and Cyber Security professionals with the right skills is difficult. Meanwhile, students who want to work in these exciting fields are struggling to find jobs, because they lack real-world experience.

Invitation to apply for HEFCE Catalyst Fund monies
AoC is working with the HEA , QAA and NUS on a HEFCE catalyst fund bid (of around£3 million).

High street could be boosted by £212 billion ‘purple pound’ by attracting disabled people and their families
Thousands of high street businesses could be turning away the custom of 1 in 5 people by not attracting disabled people.

Young Vets – is working with animals a dog’s life?
A new BBC documentary follows final-year vets taking on challenges inside and outside the classroom.

International Research Publications

ESF funding for national technical assistance projects
This document shows European Social Fund (ESF) funding for national technical assistance projects for 2007 to 2013. The list includes the: name of each project; ESF funding; national match funding; names of the providers and any sub-contractors or partners; and, contract start and end dates.

Cedefop – Briefing note – The hidden potential of level 5 qualifications
European qualifications framework (EQF) levels reveal what a learner knows, understands and can do at the end of a learning experience. Thanks to the comprehensive nature of the EQF, these learning outcomes can also provide policy-makers with a fine mesh of data about each particular level and every kind of qualification. Nowhere is this mesh more intricate than at level 5, where learning outcomes cut across several subsystems. Moreover, these qualifications serve to test the degree of permeability between subsectors of our education and training systems.

Cedefop – Briefing Note – Developing apprenticeships
To reduce high unemployment among their young people, countries are looking to others for help. During the economic downturn, some countries have performed better and youth unemployment has remained relatively low, for example in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. This has been attributed in part to their apprenticeships or ‘dual’ systems and, consequently, interest in them has increased.

Migration policy changes – employer responses
Findings from case study research into UK employers’ responses to changes in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 points based immigration system. Presents findings from a case study of 20 employers that have historically recruited migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Examines how changes to the points-based immigration system have affected employers and provides examples of initial employer responses to those changes.

UK Research Publications

Evidence for success – the guide to getting evidence and using it
Offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It also provides guidance on the use of evidence to influence funding and commissioning decisions and highlights other key resources.

Delivering change – cities and the youth unemployment challenge
Aims to build understanding amongst local and national policy makers on the most effective ways to improve employment outcomes for young people in the UK.

Staying power – making the raising of the participation age a policy success
argues that the RPA reform is unlikely to fully realise its aims of full participation without addressing emerging issues. Its recommendations focus on four key areas: The quality of options available post-16; Improvements in careers advice and guidance; Increased financial support options for learners aged 16-19; and, A focus on better tracking and monitoring.

Tackling poverty across all ethnicities in the UK
Summarises the main findings from research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation into the links between poverty and ethnicity, suggesting how poverty may be tackled across all ethnicities in the UK.

Totally wasted? The crisis of young women’s worklessness
Highlights the stark reality for women who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET); 418,000 women aged 18-24 compared with 325,000 men. The number of women in this position has barely changed in a decade, they are NEET for longer than men and – as this paper lays bare – the impact is deeper and can last a lifetime.

Robbins rebooted – how we earn our way in the second machine age
Pamphlet setting out options for reforming Britain’s universities to boost the country’s knowledge economy and open high paying technical and professional jobs to all.

Volunteering to learn – employee development through community action
Considers the impact of volunteering on the employee. Previous work identified a connection between volunteering and employee development. This paper aims to improve our understanding of this link and how employees develop through participating in volunteering schemes.

Representing an ageing workforce – challenges and opportunities for trade unions
The nature of work in later life has changed and many people either want or are being pushed to work longer. Based on interviews with officials, activists and ordinary union members in eight unions, as well as previous CROW research, this report discusses the main challenges facing unions.

Policy paper – Improving the quality of teaching and leadership
Details of policy aimed at improving standards in schools, raising the quality of teaching and school leadership.

Policy paper – Improving the quality of further education and skills training
Policy paper aimed at improving the quality and efficiency in FE and skills training.

Policy paper – Helping people to find and stay in work
Policy paper on a number of welfare to work reforms, aimed at fighting poverty, supporting the most vulnerable and helping people break the cycle of benefit dependency.

Local Entreprise Partnerships – Latest

Labour Market Profile, Heart of the South West LEP, August 2014
A detailed snapshot of the demographics of the Heart of the South West LEP benchmarked against the South West and England with respect to: Resident population, Employment and unemployment, Economic inactivity, Employment by occupation, Qualifications, Out-of-work benefits, Jobs (total jobs / employee jobs) and Businesses from ONS.

UK Labour Market, August 2014

Key Points for April to June 2014

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  • Comparing the estimates for April to June 2014 with those for January to March 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes continue the general direction of movement over the past two years.
  • There were 30.60 million people in work, 167,000 more than for January to March 2014 and 820,000 more than a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.0%. This was higher than for January to March 2014 and for a year earlier.
  • There were 2.08 million unemployed people, 132,000 fewer than for January to March 2014 and 437,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate continued to fall, reaching 6.4% for April to June 2014, the lowest since late 2008. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.
  • There were 8.86 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive). This was 15,000 more than for January to March 2014 but 130,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • The economic inactivity rate was 21.9%. While this was unchanged compared with January to March 2014, the inactivity rate has shown a generally downward path since late 2011.
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.2% lower than a year earlier. This was mainly due to an unusually high growth rate for April 2013 as some employers who usually paid bonuses in March paid them in April last year. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.6% higher than a year earlier.
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Regional Labour Market, August 2014

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  • The employment rate in Great Britain was highest in the South East (76.7%) and lowest in Wales (69.1%).
  • The unemployment rate in Great Britain was highest in the North East (9.4%) and lowest in the South East (4.4%).
  • The inactivity rate in Great Britain was highest in Wales (25.7%) and lowest in the East of England (19.3%).
  • The Claimant Count rate in Great Britain was highest in the North East (5.0%) and lowest in the South East (1.7%).
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Guidance – Qualifications, simplified funding rates, 2014 to 2015
The 2014 to 2015 simplified funding rates catalogue lists all provision which the Skills Funding Agency has approved for public funding in 2014 to 2015 and their funding rates. Information regarding availability of qualifications for 24+ advanced learning loans is included in this document.

Education Funding Agency e-bulletin – 28 August 2014
Latest information and actions from Education Funding Agency (EFA) for academies, schools, colleges and other post-16 providers.

SFA update – issue 224, 3 September 2014
A weekly round-up of business-critical information to Skills Funding Agency providers.

Guidance – Employer access – a guide for users
User guide for a service that allows schools and local authorities in England to view the record of teachers with qualified teacher status.

Guidance – Individualised Learner Record (ILR), check that data is accurate
Information about the Funding Information System (FIS), to help further education (FE) providers validate ILR data.

Statutory guidance – Participation of young people, education, employment and training
Statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.

IP Insight – August 2014
Monthly newsletter from the Intellectual Property Office, bringing you the latest developments in the world of Intellectual Property.

Connecting people with jobs – activation policies in the United Kingdom
Examines recent activation policies in the United Kingdom aimed at moving people back into work. Offers insight into how countries can improve the effectiveness of their employment services and also control spending on benefits.

Silicon cities – supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England
argues that ‘clusters’ – geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field – are the most effective way of boosting the technology sector across the country. It highlights a number of challenges facing northern towns and cities.

Should I stay or should I go? An investigation of graduate regional mobility in the UK and its impact upon early career earnings
Uses HESA data from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2003/04 to examine whether more mobile students in terms of choice of institution and location of employment earn more than those who are less mobile. The clear finding is that mobility is associated with superior earnings outcomes, but principally through mobility as it relates to students extending their horizon of job search.

Delivering change – cities and the youth unemployment challenge
Aims to build understanding amongst local and national policy makers on the most effective ways to improve employment outcomes for young people in the UK.

FSB says Local Enterprise Partnerships must engage more with small businesses
£17 billion of public money spent by LEPS needs to be accounted for, says the Federation of Small Businesses.

Sector Skills Publications

Age diversity in SMEs – reaping the benefits
Looks at SME attitudes to mature employees and an age-diverse workforce, focusing on benefits and challenges, recruitment practices and support for the extension of working lives.

Productivity in the public sector – what makes a good job?
Explores what can be done to lift productivity and how the public sector can play its part. Examines the issue of low productivity and the challenges ahead for the public sector, consider the role of the workforce as a partner in solving these dilemmas and draw together discussions over a series of three roundtables on ‘good jobs’, to present some potential responses.

Capital of culture? An econometric analysis of the relationship between arts and cultural clusters, wages and the creative economy in English cities
Considers interactions between cultural clustering and salaries in creative industries and occupations. Finds some evidence that creative workers in cities with high levels of cultural clustering enjoy a wage premium, which suggests that not-for-profit arts and cultural sectors may be generating knowledge spillovers into the commercial creative economy.

Coming clean – the experience of cleaning operatives
Recommendations focus on the most significant findings, and address the need to improve working conditions for cleaning operatives, raise awareness of employment rights and establish more responsible procurement practices.

Invest in the UK – your springboard for global growth
Reasons why international companies set up business operations in the UK and how it compares with other countries as an investment location.

UK regional trade statistics – second quarter 2014
International trade in goods data at summary product and country level, by UK regions and devolved administrations.

Construction statistics – No. 15, 2014 edition
This report brings together under one cover a wide range of statistics that are currently available on the construction industry. It gives a broad perspective of statistical trends in the construction industry in Great Britain through the last decade together with some international comparisons and features on leading initiatives that may influence the future.

Pocket databank – economic indicators
The Pocket databank is a weekly HM Treasury statistical publication, containing major economic indicators and series for both domestic and international economies.


ESRC’s Festival of Social Science
1-8 November 2014, University of Exeter

01/11/2014 – 11 separate events celebrating social science research and its relevance to many areas of life, from personal wellbeing to the sustainability of the economy.

Women into Leadership, Fifth Annual Conference
17 September 2014, Central London

17/09/2014 – For all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2014 will examine how female leaders, at whatever grade, can enhance their relevant skills to become the leader they aspire to be. This year’s conference

The Skills Show, NEC
13 – 15 November 2014, Birmingham NEC

13/11/2014 – FREE to attend, The Skills Show provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through hands-on experiences combined with practical advice and guidance, to help shape futures and transform lives.

Grow Gloucestershire – The Skills Show Experience
7 – 8 October 2014, The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse

07/10/2014 – Highlight the exciting career opportunities you have available and get face to face with potential apprentices, trainees and staff. Bring skills to life through inspirational ‘HAVE A GO’ activities. Talk to Gloucestershire’s young people about what it is

Employer Ownership – Current Position and Future Prospects
with Michael Davis, Chief Executive of UKCES
23 September 2014, Campaign for Learning, 24 Greencoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1RD

23/09/2014 – With the general election less than nine months away, this is an exciting moment discuss where the ’employer ownership of skills’ agenda has reached and what the prospects are for the future.

GET THE GRIT – A resilience workshop to develop a ‘growth mindset’ for all – training event
led by Jackie Beere OBE
12 November 2014, Campaign for Learning, 24 Greencoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1RD

12/11/2014 – Raise achievement and improve wellbeing through resilience training with Jackie Beere, who has years of experience in coaching and personal development for children and teachers.

Motivated or Mandated – engaging adults in learning and supporting them to succeed
20 October 2014, London, UCU Office, Old Bakery, Carlow Street, London NW1 7LH

20/10/2014 – This conference will encourage dialogue between practitioners and researchers in order to explore the ways to motivate adults to engage and succeed in literacy and numeracy learning.

NIACE – FELTAG Session 1 – Meeting Learner’s Needs
9 September 2014, online – ref: BIS602A/0714

09/09/2014 – The government’s response to the FELTAG recommendations published on the 16 June confirmed the government’s commitment to the use of technology for learning. However, there are unanswered questions to how the FE and skills sector can meet the FELTAG chall

CIPD – Devon and Cornwall Branch Conference
1 October 2014, 09:45, Sandy Park Conference Centre, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, EX2 7NN

01/10/2014 – Delegates will be able to enjoy 2 fantastic Key note speakers and select from a menu of 12 mini seminars, workshops and master classes in Employment Law, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Health and Wellbeing and Learning and Development.

Cedefop – Skills needs anticipation and matching course
Turin, Italy, 20 – 24 October 2014
Deadline for applications – 15 September 2014

20/10/2014 – Cedefop co-organises a training and knowledge-sharing course on skills needs anticipation and matching with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the Skills Development and Employability Unit of the ILO and

Webinar – Engaging with NIACE’s general election manifesto
17 September 2014, online – ref: WEB002A2/0914

17/09/2014 – Webinar participants will hear from NIACE’s CEO, David Hughes, about the manifesto’s bold new proposals following recent reports confirming the urgent need for a skills-led economic recovery; including the 2013 OECD Survey of Adult Skills, the 2014 UKCES

Improving financial stability and efficiency in Higher Education – sustainability, alternative revenue streams and lean ways of working
19 November 2014, central London

19/11/2014 – Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE, will be speaking at this event, which will bring out latest thinking on making the Higher Education sector more efficient, and to increase financial stability at a time of considerable changes to university fundi

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework
23 April 2015, central London

23/04/2015 – David Sweeney, Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar, which is scheduled to follow publication of this year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system by which the quality of research from UK HEIs is assessed – with significant implicati

TUC Congress 2014
7-10 September 2014, BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

07/09/2014 – Visitor application forms will be available from May.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2014
16 October 2014, 09:30-13:00, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

16/10/2014 – The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education. Booking for the event will open in August.

Welfare reform – creating effective local delivery partnerships
20 December 2014, Prospero House, Borough High Street, London SE1

20/12/2014 – This one day conference will provide an early opportunity to consider the updated Local Support Services Framework and will feature examples of best practice in the planning and delivery of services sharing learning from the Local Authority led pilots as

IfL Fellowship Research Programme
17th Oct 2014, Oxford

17/10/2014 – The IfL Fellowship Research Programme is designed to develop individuals’ research and publication skills.

Maths and English Conference
19 September 2014, Swindon

19/09/2014 – Targeted at maths and english tutors and managers. The aim of the event is to provide participants with a range of tools, resources and best practice which they will be able to take back to their own organisations. Much of the day will be interactive so p

The Skills Show Experience – Have a Go Exeter
22 October 2014, WestPoint Centre (Devon) Ltd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DH

22/10/2014 – The SW Employment and Skills Partnership and partners are very excited to formally invite you to The Skills Show Experience Exeter 2014! The Employment and Skills Partnership are organising an event in Exeter in partnership with Devon County Council on 22

Skills, Employment and Growth Conference 2014 30th September, 2014, University of Salford
30/09/2014 – This one day conference will provide delegates a timely opportunity to debate whether Government proposals to reform skills and employment programmes will benefit learners, engage more employers and get more people back to work. This important conference

OECD LEED programme High-Level Capacity Building Seminar – Supporting youth in entrepreneurship
22-23 September 2014, Brussels, Belgium

22/09/2014 – The aim of this High-Level Capacity Building Seminar is have an international exchange of information on inclusive entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Union Structural Funds can be used to support actions that combin

OECD LEED Programme Expert Seminar – What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage
October 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

15/10/2014 – This expert seminar will focus on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures at a time of limited resources. The latest evidence from OECD countries

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
13 September 2014, 14:30-16:00, Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil BA20 11JL

13/09/2014 – This session will focus on migration and population.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
17 September 2014, 14:00-16:00, UNISON, Vintry House, Wine Street, Bristol

17/09/2014 – This session will focus on housing.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
1 October 2014, 16:00-18:00, PCS South West Regional Office Suite III, First Floor, Quintana Gate, Bartholomew Street, Exeter EX4 3BH

01/10/2014 – This session will focus on transport.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
11 October 2014, 14:00-16:00, Unite, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol

11/10/2014 – This session will focus on the green economy.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
29 October 2014, 16:00-18:00, Unite, No. 1 Pullman Court, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3ND

29/10/2014 – This session will focus on skills for the future.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
4 November 2014, 16:00-18:00, Unite, Tolpuddle Martyrs House, 238 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EG

04/11/2014 – This session will focus on public services.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
12 November 2014, 14:00-16:00, Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Park, Hyde Lane, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8BU

12/11/2014 – This session will focus on tacking inequality.

SkillsActive National Occupational Standards review in Spectator Safety, England
22 September 2014, Windsor, Royal Windsor Racecourse

22/09/2014 – Since the launch of a project to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in spectator safety in April 2014, SkillsActive have been busy working with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and other key stakeholders. The redrafted NOS was

Semta Skills Awards – Engineering Skills for the Future
24 February 2015, Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, London

24/02/2015 – Turn on the spotlights, dust off the red carpet – the hunt is on to find the very Best of British Engineering – which is to be celebrated at the second Semta Skills Awards. The backing of some of the biggest engineering brands in Britain have made the awa

MAS Workshop – Using Design for Competitive Advantage
9 October 2014, Royal Wootton Bassett

09/10/2014 – The workshop for SMEs will summarise different expressions of design best practice and will include practical exercises to investigate how a products manufacturing cost can be reduced by design. It will guide delegates towards improvement opportunities re

International IP Protection
6 October 2014, British Library, London

09/10/2014 – In this one off series of events, senior representatives from WIPO will lead discussions on the international protection of IP rights. The half day events will provide an introduction to WIPO services and initiatives. To register email Creative SkillSet – Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Birmingham
20 October 2014, BBC Academy, Birmingham

20/10/2014 – This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative for TV freelancers in the UK creative industries, and is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. To attend Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Birmingham you must fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

Creative SkillSet – Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Salford
21 November 2014, MediaCityUK, Salford

21/11/2014 – This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative for TV freelancers in the UK creative industries, and is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. booking for this will open nearer the time.

Open consultation – Higher education living cost support, EU nationals’ residency requirements
10 November 2014, 23:45

10/11/2014 – Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.

CITB Business Awareness Workshop
23 October 2014, Gloucester

23/10/2014 – Free Business Advice from CITB in a one day workshop. Developed with support from HMRC, HSE and professional bodies to help you survive and thrive in today’s economic climate.

Open consultation – Skills for Logistics, National Occupational Standards
6 October 2014, contact Paul Barefoot at

06/10/2014 – These projects involve consulting with industry to write new or review current National Occupational Standards for specific occupations in the logistics sector. Steering group meetings have already been held for most of these projects and we will be consulting electronically on the draft NOS over the next few months.