Education and training alone are enough to tackle youth unemployment.
The government assumes that with the right education and training, a young person will be able to get work. But this is not the case, especially for young people who live in rural and regional areas.
The Tata steel plant at Port Talbot.
The UK government is considering taking a stake in a dying asset when it could have helped build a balanced economy much earlier.
A slowdown in mining has hit the industrial construction sector hard.
The industrial construction sector will have to cut costs and focus on smaller projects due to a slowdown in mining construction.
Why the British steel crisis needs strategic government intervention to give the industry a chance of survival.
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing.
Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
Managing the decline of the steel industry is no easy task. So what are the options?
From making renewable energy practical to revolutionising farming, the chemicals industry could make a huge contribution to the environment.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets.
The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
The iPhone is a good example of an entire industry built on the back of publicly funded research outcomes. The ‘iPhone fish’ is designed to teach people healthy eating through portion size control.
Publicly-funded research should contribute to society in some way. But we need to think carefully about how we create a system that allows us to measure the impact of research.
We need researchers to collaborate with industry if we’re to be an innovation nation.
An emphasis on innovation is great, but we need genuine reforms to universities and tax incentives if we're to promote collaboration between research and industry.
Open-air irrigation: so last century.
A government for the 21st century needs to work out how we can grow our food, manufacture goods and dispose of waste without making such a huge mess.
Farmers' protests against the big supermarkets demonstrates the importance of good supply chain management.
GE’s shift away from finance may mean more focus on other products, such as jet engines.
Jet engine via www.shutterstock.com
GE's push into finance nearly crippled the company, just as the broader US shift in that direction almost collapsed the global economy.
What there’s not enough of.
Since the heady talk of a "march of the makers" in 2011, UK industrial policy has been patchy at best. No wonder the trade deficit is at its widest ever.
Steps on the ladder.
United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS
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Pollution on an industrial scale.
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There’s a unique opportunity to reform the VET sector.
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AAP/Short Communications, Girrit Fokkema
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