Apprenticeship Levy – The Unwelcome Change

Misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships are beginning to change, albeit slowly. A 2018 survey carried out by The Sutton Trust revealed 64% of young people are more interested in undertaking an apprenticeship than studying for a degree – up 9% from four years prior. One of the leading assumptions is that apprenticeships provide lower-quality career prospects than … Read more

A look at the UK skills gap as 2017 draws to a close

The UK skills gap sees British companies short 20,000 engineers and technicians every year. This means we will be in need of 1.8 million by 2025. The struggle to find qualified employees costs businesses £2 billion per year. A shocking 90% of employers have reported struggling to recruit employees in the last 12 months. In … Read more

UK competitiveness threatened by a skills shortage

A skills shortage threatens the competitiveness of the UK written by Tim Baugh, biz4Biz director and partner at marketing agency Howardsgate. The UK government has finally announced that the Hinkley Point power station will go ahead with expertise and financial backing from France and China. At the same time, contracts are being put out to … Read more

The private sector to the rescue

Science in Hertfordshire

Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder and Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Herts LEP Main Board Director, Chairman of the North Herts Studio Schools Trust and Director of the North Herts College. The Private sector is credited with creating 2.1 million new jobs in the past 5 years … Read more

The right time to connect with the FE Sector!

Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder and Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Herts LEP Main Board Director, Chairman of the North Herts Studio Schools Trust and Director of the North Herts College. Hertfordshire employers may struggle to meet demand as employment from within the local labour market reaches … Read more

Upskill the UK workforce

Written by Tim Baugh, biz4Biz director and partner at Howardsgate February is an exciting time for petrolheads around globe as it marks the start of a new Formula One season, with the teams testing their new cars in Spain. As the reigning world champion, Stevenage‑born Lewis Hamilton will get behind the wheel of his Mercedes … Read more