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National Apprenticeship Week: There’s no better way to work than earning while you are learning, Notebook

National Apprenticeship Week: There’s no better way to work than earning while you are learning

I believe that apprenticeships are vitally important for two reasons, firstly they give young people the opportunity to gain the practical skills they need, and secondly to ensure that the country as a whole can support and grow its manufacturing industry.

By | Notebook | Monday, 11 March 2013 at 2:44 pm

Beyond the NEET label – how digital tech has helped me to gain valuable work experience, Notebook

Beyond the NEET label – how digital tech has helped me to gain valuable work experience

The recession first hit while I was at university. I assumed by the time I graduated in 2012 the economy would have recovered. So much for my optimism. I was wrong.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 22 February 2013 at 1:29 pm

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Rebalancing employment through entrepreneurship, Notebook

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Rebalancing employment through entrepreneurship

Right now, if the economy was a patient, it would still be in intensive care. Showing positive signs, but still a sick puppy. It will take time to inject enough confidence into the market to ensure that growth is maintained and the economy is truly back on track.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 2:39 pm

Could there be a more valiant cause than Teddy’s 21st at Funky Buddha? Your middle-class guide to the Jobcentre, Notebook

Could there be a more valiant cause than Teddy’s 21st at Funky Buddha? Your middle-class guide to the Jobcentre

Look at you with your university education, horrible red trousers and penchant for Starbucks macchiato. You’ve graduated, now you find yourself unemployed and Daddy’s just cut you off.

By | Notebook | Friday, 31 August 2012 at 3:43 pm

Grayling promises school leavers three months of unpaid work in exchange for benefits. I for one would rather play computer games, Games

Grayling promises school leavers three months of unpaid work in exchange for benefits. I for one would rather play computer games

A spectre is haunting Britain. The spectre of computer games. “We don’t want [Neets] waking up at lunchtime and playing computer games all day,” said a Department of Work and Pensions source.

By | Games, Notebook | Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 10:00 am

The tension between the old and the young, Notebook

The tension between the old and the young

Thousands of teenagers ran out of their schools and sixth form colleges clutching GCSE and A-Level results last week, many of them excited about what the future holds. But that future is rarely in their hands.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 12:00 am

It’s time to start telling the right stories about young people, Notebook

It’s time to start telling the right stories about young people

With public trust and optimism in short supply it’s easy to find negative stories about young people. As a generation they’re written off as being ill-equipped for the demands of a working life, let alone a professional one.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Saturday, 11 August 2012 at 8:00 am

Why I picked the vocational route, Notebook

Why I picked the vocational route

Studying through an apprenticeship isn’t for everyone. You’re thrown in the deep end, into the working world, and you either sink or swim.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 4 August 2012 at 12:00 am

Is MP Stephen Lloyd proud of what the Government has been doing on disability?, Health

Is MP Stephen Lloyd proud of what the Government has been doing on disability?

“I think,” he says, in the tone you’d use if someone was asking you this question a lot, “we’re doing the right thing. There are two million children growing up in this country in households where no one works. There are six or seven million people of working age who, for one reason or another, are on benefits.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 2:00 am

The age of people not wearing trousers low has nothing to with the recession – rappers have just got cooler, Arts

The age of people not wearing trousers low has nothing to with the recession – rappers have just got cooler

The last time I checked global trends were set by the rich and famous – in this case rappers, and these rappers have moved on

By | Arts, Fashion, Music, Notebook | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

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