Articles from Chris Jones

City and Guilds Chris Jones on why Apprenticeships have never been more important

Chris Jones, City and Guilds, on creating a great deal for British youth

To close skills gaps, unlock prosperity and kick-start social mobility we must urgently reform skills policy development

The pace of change in today’s workplaces is unprecedented.

We’re all about giving people the chance to develop their skills – but what about us?

It’s hard to go a week without hearing about the challenges facing the education sector. And with the constant structural changes and new policies, it is easy to understand why.

Globalisation is a reality – but are we ready for it?

Right now you can’t go a day without hearing about the EU referendum and the impact it could have on our economy. But whatever your stance may be, the UK will still continue to be part of the global economy.  

Young people are trying to find happiness in their careers – employers, parents and colleges can help

All too often, young people are labelled in a negative way. The media tends to portray them as self-obsessed and lazy. As a parent, this certainly hasn’t been my experience, and new research from City & Guilds (The Careers Happiness Index: Millennials Edition) proves that young people are extremely hard-working and driven.

Working together to design the City & Guilds TechBac®

At City & Guilds, we have just completed a major consultation exercise talking to employers, education providers and young people about our refreshed City & Guilds TechBac® and our 14-18 offer more generally.

Richard Review recommendations on apprenticeship assessment need careful consideration

I have been waiting with interest for the publication of the Richard Review: an independent review of apprenticeships for the Government, led by Doug Richard. Reading the recently published report I was pleased to find many recommendations in there which I strongly support and hope will be given due attention by the Government. These include calls for high quality apprenticeships, parity of esteem with university degrees, the incorporation of maths and English skills into apprenticeships, and the assertion that apprenticeships should be seen as a job with training, and therefore that not all on the job training counts as an apprenticeship.

Inspiring a generation about their different career options

Just over a week ago the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show, took place at Birmingham’s NEC and I am proud that City & Guilds is Premier Sponsor both this year and for the following two. The event gives young people the opportunity to experience different skills-based careers alongside high quality careers advice, access apprenticeships and find out about job opportunities from well-known employers.

Investing in higher skills

To those of you who have read my previous columns, it will come as no surprise that I think there is a worrying mismatch between the skills employers need to sustain and grow their businesses and the skills young people are being taught in the UK today. Research has shown that I am not alone in my concerns, with many employers worried about the basic skills levels of school and college leavers today, as highlighted by the Work Foundation’s report, Lost in Transition, which I discussed earlier this year in my article Addressing the skills shortage to get Britain working again. This makes young people a risky employment prospect at a time when many businesses are cautious about taking on new staff.

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