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Hasan Bakhshi and Juan Mateos Garcia, NESTA Policy & Research
14 December 2010
Over the last few years, video games have moved from the periphery to the mainstream....
This morning (Tuesday 14 December) saw the launch of The Work Foundation’s latest report A Creative Block?: The future of the UK creative industries – jointly produced across our Knowledge Economy 2 and Creative Industries programmes. This marks the start of a year-long research consortium taking an in-depth look into the sector.
13 December 2010
Devolution is a positive thing. In principle it enables local people to affect real change within their communities and local area, empowering people who have local knowledge with the ability to manage and deliver services efficiently and appropriately.....
The problem with unpaid internships, says the Social Market Foundation in a new pamphlet, is not the principle of 'free work' per se, but how to broaden access to people from less well-off and less well-connected backgrounds...
Stephen Uden, Head of Skills & Economic Affairs, Microsoft Ltd
08 December 2010
In many ways, young people have been the real casualties of the recession. They were major recipients of public services that are now being cut, will ultimately have to pay back the colossal debts being run up and yet are unable to find employment in the current labour market conditions...
30 November 2010
The problem with the notion of job satisfaction is that it is impossible to know what it is measuring: does it say anything about the nature of a job or is it a reflection of the willingness of people to put a brave face on things?..
29 November 2010
The new Office for Budget Responsibility economic forecasts published at lunchtime yesterday ( 29 November) show that public sector job cuts will be less severe than first feared. Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2016 general government
24 November 2010
The recent White Paper setting out the Coalition’s proposals for a Universal Credit has been described as a fundamental reform of the British welfare system. The proposals certainly have some attractions such as simplification and improvementd in work benefits for some people.
In some quarters it has become acceptable to caricature claimants of long-term sickness benefits as workshy malingerers. This has contributed to a prevailing mood of intolerance and indignation in parts of the press, reflecting that felt – it has to be said - by many ordinary folk.
19 November 2010
Can positive social leadership come from anyone, anywhere? Can a focus on leadership development be maintained even in very tough times? Can the social sector use its own resources and expertise to develop leaders? Tough questions, no doubt.
17 November 2010
The Knowledge Economy 2 World Tour played another gig on Tuesday, this time to an inquisitive array of backbench MPs whose role it is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Apprenticeship is the right way to go. The idea of an apprenticeship commands wide respect among businesses and the public. People get them - unlike the jargon-riddled chaos of so much of the vocational skills system.
Professor Paul Sparrow, Director Centre for Performance-Led HR at Lancaster
I was very fortunate recently to be able to say a few words at the Work Foundation’s partnership workshop on 'Understanding the deal – a framework for a healthy employment relationship'. My congratulations to the researchers. There was some useful feedback, and it made me reflect about the issues.
16 November 2010
The CIPD’s latest recruitment survey finds private sector employers reporting a pre-Christmas surge in job creation, while public sector organisations are starting to shed jobs in increasing numbers....
09 November 2010
The government’s latest proposals to encourage the unemployed back to work have proved controversial, attracting criticism from the Archbishop of Canterbury and others. What seems to be proposed is that some long term unemployed will be required to perform “voluntary” work if they want to keep their benefits.