• Facing up to the workforce capacity challenge

    27 June 2022

    Without intervention and investment we are headed towards a situation of crisis, with gaps in our workforce that will seriously hold back our ability to provide the fantastic services councils are known for, says Matt Prosser.

  • International approaches to addressing NEETs

    06 June 2022

    The UK’s NEET (not in education, employment or training) rate of 14% has changed very little in 20 years while Germany’s rate fell from 17% to 9%.  Anna Round compares international systems.

  • Reflections on 2021

    15 December 2021

    Julie Towers looks back on the past 12 months, anticipates what will be in store in the new year and assesses how the sector needs to adapt to keep up with the pace of change.

  • Putting the people first in Breckland

    01 December 2021

    Breckland DC’s new chief executive Maxine O’Mahony talks to Ann McGauran about how her HR background colours her priorities, and the council’s ‘grow your own’ approach to staff development.

  • Skills to even out life’s opportunities

    17 November 2021

    We can’t hope to level up until we build on the Spending Review cash pledges and fundamentally reform the skills and apprenticeship system, writes Sir Paul Carter.

  • Councils need funding certainty

    05 October 2021

    London’s local services face pressures of up to £2bn over the Spending Review period, says Cllr Darren Rodwell. The chancellor must empower councils to tackle the most momentous challenges we face today, he argues.

  • Helping care leavers thrive

    10 September 2021

    Jon Rouse highlights Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s progress in supporting care leavers. Getting things right ‘starts with the basics’, he says.

  • Getting bid quality right

    07 September 2021

    Using Oldham’s regeneration strategy as an example, Stephen Cox presents his guide to the three key themes he says should form the backbone of high quality bids for levelling up cash.

  • Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

    09 July 2021

    The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the 'flawed' apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

  • NAO - jobs support must align with wider government recovery strategy

    10 June 2021

    The Department for Work and Pensions’ pandemic jobs support must align with the wider government economic recovery strategy, says the public spending watchdog.

  • BUDGET 2021: Furlough scheme extended until autumn

    03 March 2021

    The chancellor has extended the furlough scheme and announced further funding for apprenticeships in a bid to soften the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business

    03 March 2021

    Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

  • Transforming the jobs outlook for young people in Essex

    01 March 2021

    Nicole Wood outlines how Essex CC has committed to creating 1,000 new entry level jobs for young people, of all abilities, within 12 months, using an ambitious three pronged approach.

  • Apprenticeships are the future for digital transformation

    20 January 2021

    In the battle for digital talent, apprenticeships can be local government’s secret weapon, says Euan Blair.

  • Chancellor confirms £2bn jobs scheme for young people

    08 July 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ for jobs to prevent an entire generation of young people being ‘left behind’.

  • Chancellor unveils his three-part plan for jobs

    08 July 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the next phase of his plan to ‘protect, support and retain’ jobs in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Councils are not benefiting from the value that diversity brings

    05 February 2020

    Stephen Jeffery says councils are falling short when it comes to making the most of the diversity and value brought by apprenticeships.

  • Government must now connect with the 'just about managing'

    05 February 2020

    This government has made many commitments, especially to the new Tory heartlands of the Midlands and the North, says Paul Wheeler. These will need a determination and sense of purpose that has been lacking in previous administrations, he adds.

  • Designing a new apprenticeship for the sector

    28 January 2020

    Amy Newnham describes how Adur and Worthing councils are working alongside a band of employers to create a service design apprenticeship qualification.

  • Kent’s very own powerhouse

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports