Young people trapped in small towns

The headline in the Big Issue (issue #1362) said that spiraling rents are forcing young people to stay in small towns instead of moving to cities with better jobs. This follows some research by the Resolution Foundation. The implication is clear, small towns are bad for young people. They do not offer them the range … Continue reading Young people trapped in small towns

Freedom of movement

I am prepared to accept that the family unit is under pressure. They are much smaller entities and much more dispersed than they were a century ago. Many of today’s social problems can, in part be attributed to their breakdown. Care for the elderly, social loneliness and the shortage of housing are amongst those that … Continue reading Freedom of movement

University Technical College

When I was asked if I would give a careers talk at the recently opened North East Futures UTC, I said yes. I’m always happy to help in whatever way I can to bring young people into the North East’s technology sector and also like to get involved in new things that challenge me. The … Continue reading University Technical College

Near future jobs. #DSS17

I am still thinking about digital skills after the DSS17 conference at Sunderland Software City.  It is such a complex problem to deal with.  There are so many players involved, right from parents and family, through the education system to employers.  Even peer pressure has a part to play. One interesting aspect about working in … Continue reading Near future jobs. #DSS17