• Figures confirm record numbers of apprenticeships

    BIS 29 November 2013

    More people than ever before are taking part in an apprenticeship. Nearly 870,000 people were on an apprenticeship in 2012/13 with the gold standard of higher and advanced levels attracting record levels of apprentices. The data indicates that there were over 1.5 million apprenticeship starts since 2010, half a million of these were in 2012/13. Skills…

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  • New tools and services to support businesses in synthetic biology

    EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board 26 November 2013

    Businesses are being invited to develop standard tools and services that will help grow the emerging industry of synthetic biology. Up to £3.8m is being made available by the Technology Strategy Board, together with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Welsh Government. Synthetic…

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  • Pigs to power homes

    IChemE 26 November 2013

    Organic waste from pigs on a farm in Leicestershire, UK, is helping to power an estimated 700 homes and reduce landfill waste by 18,000 tonnes each year. The pig waste, combined with other food waste, is being used to produce biogas capable of generating the equivalent of around 1.2MW of electricity. The electricity is being…

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  • STEM skills deficit cannot be solved without bringing in skilled workers from abroad

    The Royal Academy of Engineering 25 November 2013

    Expert panel highlights need to import STEM skills to plug the skills gap in the short term Some 30% of UK Gross Domestic Product is produced by science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors and there is growing demand for STEM skills and strong evidence that demand will outstrip supply. Speaking at the Royal Academy of Engineering…

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  • BAE Systems apprentices win top awards in national skills competition

    BAE Systems 25 November 2013

    Two BAE Systems apprentices put Barrow on the map last week when they were handed top awards in a national skills competition. 18 year old Josh Procter was ranked second in the country in the Construction Metalwork Competition at the UK Skills Show held in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. He shook off competition…

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  • £350 million for PhD training in over 70 new centres

    BIS 22 November 2013

    Details of how a £350 million fund will be used to train over 3,500 postgraduate students in engineering and physical sciences, have been announced by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts. This is the UK’s largest investment in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences. It will fund over seventy new Centres for Doctoral Training…

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  • England Rugby League Team benefits from Cryotherapy Chamber

    BOC 22 November 2013

    The England Rugby League squad are using a BOC’s Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber to help improve their performance on the pitch. Highly intensive training can make a significant difference to an elite athlete’s performance and a faster post-match recovery rate enables them to return to training earlier – hence the England squad has been including BOC’s…

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  • McLaren Electronic Systems wins Company of the Year Award

    McLaren 22 November 2013

    McLaren Electronic Systems has won the coveted Company of the Year category at the 2013 NMI Electronic Systems Awards ceremony. The judges cited McLaren’s ambition and growth in new areas both here in the UK and overseas. Speaking at the event Derek Boyd, CEO of UK electronics trade organisation NMI, said: “We honour a company who…

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  • Plant ageing gene key to food supply

    IChemE 21 November 2013

    Plant DNA Breakthrough science with the ability to control the life-cycle of plants could be the solution to increasing food production as population exceeds nine billion by 2050. Current estimates by the United Nations (UN) suggest that global agricultural production needs to increase by about 70 per cent between 2005 and 2050 to satisfy the…

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  • Skills minister issues challenge to young entrepreneurs

    BIS 20 November 2013

    Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has launched a challenge to teenagers to think more about starting their own business. The minister, working with social enterprise group MyKindaCrowd, called on young people to raise their aspirations and consider going into business for themselves when they leave school. He will launch the challenge during his Speakers for Schools talk to…

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