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Conservative victory - where now for skills?

Mick Upfield, Prospect member, working for Ordinance Survey in High Wickham ©Jess Hurd/
So, now the election is over, what will a majority Conservative government mean for skills? There was little detail in the Conservative manifesto other than promising 3M apprenticeships, funded by lowering the benefits cap from £26K to £23K. But there is much else that is reasonably clear. Funding...

Introducing unionlearn's new Learning Campaigns Officers: Janet Valentine

Learning event with PCS at HMRC in Blackburn
I've been involved with adult learning and skills all my working life. I worked for many years in a university on library and information work. I also volunteered supporting English and Maths classes as a local adult education centre and with an advocacy charity for those with learning disabilities....

ESCO - A common currency for skills?

Trade union leaders at the European Trade Union Summit 2014 ©ETUC-CES
We all know about the euro. It is a currency across Europe that makes it easier for goods and services and people to move freely between European countries. Suppose there was a similar currency for skills. It would provide a commonly understood description of all the units of all the jobs in the EU....