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James Marsh: Government plans to boost apprenticeships must focus on quality, not just quantity

On Friday (21 August) Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the Government plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England and give businesses a say on how they are run and what they offer. Employers across the country will be asked for their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy set to be…

Debate on Trade Union Bill opens in Parliament

The Trade Union Bill, containing the Government reforms designed to end what they describe as ‘unjustified disruption to working people’s daily lives’ received its second reading in Parliament yesterday amid strong criticism from union leaders. The bill proposes a time limit on ballots so that mandates for industrial action are always recent. One of the major…

Trade Union Bill: Conservatives ‘the political wing of the City of London’, says TUC

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, is today expected to strongly criticise the government’s new measures on strike action in a keynote speech to the TUC Congress 2015 ahead of the second reading of the Trade Union Bill. The TUC have released a statement in which they state that Ms O’Grady will say that history…

Government stats disguise extent of UK graduate over-qualification, say CIPD and The Edge Foundation

Government statistics cited by the Universities Minister this week disguise the extent of graduate over-qualification in the UK according to the CIPD and the Edge Foundation. Universities Minister Jo Johnson said in a speech on Wednesday 9 September at the Universities UK Annual Conference that “official statistics show that in fact only 20 percent of recent…

Proposals on strike laws are a response to yesterday’s problems, says CIPD

The Government’s proposals on strike laws are an outdated response to industrial relations issues currently facing UK employers and could prove counter-productive, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. The Government’s proposed changes to existing laws on industrial action centre on raising the bar on thresholds…