Articles from Mike Thompson

In the midst of a skills revolution we need to close the gap between FE and HE provision

Time to reverse the decline As I talk to clients from across different sectors of our economy about their future skills needs a common theme emerges which is that, to survive and flourish, businesses must reverse the decades long decline in investment in workforce training that we have seen in the UK.

The Trouble with Apprenticeships… Stop throwing rocks at the DfE greenhouse!

So this week sees more negative headlines regarding the apprenticeship reform programme.

Ensuring a competitive workforce: Leveraging accessible and flexible learning in a digital age

Bridging the skills gap I was fortunate enough to join David Willett of the Open University (OU) on a radio day recently where we discussed the skills gap that exists in the UK economy and what this means for employers and workers alike.

Apprentices contribute huge productivity impact to business

The Apprenticeship Levy a Year On.

Ageing workforce; enabling the older generation to find work

Apprenticeships provide many opportunities for people to work, however there is one group that, despite their skillset and knowledge, struggle to find a viable route to employment. The older generation – those over the age of 50 – are often tasked with a much trickier job of securing full-time work, with their age and social circumstances often hindering their efforts.