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WISE Awards for amazing STEM women – day’s work shadowing prizes with top directors

Do you know a woman in science and engineering who would inspire girls to follow in her steps?  Or a man or woman who has done amazing things to encourage women to follow computer science and technical careers?  Would you encourage them to enter WISE Awards? All winners will receive ...

Apprenticeship levy funds training for all ages of workforce for first time

Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the Government’s new apprenticeship levy, which comes into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for ...

Regional expansion for Whitecap Consulting with three new directors and two new offices

Leeds-based Whitecap Consulting has appointed three new equity directors and opened two new offices to increase its regional footprint across the UK.  The strategy consultancy, now in its sixth year, works mainly with mid-sized UK businesses with revenues of £10m to £300m and growth ambitions from organic and acquisitive growth, ...

Successful programme changing girls’ minds about STEM careers to go digital

  The WISE campaign and techUK, the industry body representing the tech sector, today (31 January 2017) announced plans for the revolutionary People Like Me resources to go digital. The new online resources will be designed to encourage more schoolgirls to think about their own personality and how their attributes ...

Research reveals what Saudi leaders of the future need for Vision 2030

What skills will Saudi chief executives need over the next 15 years?  And what skills will ensure the Kingdom achieves its Vision 2030?  A leading international executive research firm has interviewed chairmen and chief executives of prestigious Saudi businesses to share their views of leadership skills for the future. Metin ...

Harrogate gym is named best in the north again

A Harrogate independent gym has been named the best in the north of England for the second time as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary with new membership offers to mark the evolution of its unique health and fitness centre. Gambaru has again been named the Regional Gym of ...

Parents urged to use Black Friday to inspire young girls in science and technology

This Black Friday (Friday 25 November) parents are being urged to make the most of online deals to buy fun science gifts for girls aged 4 to 14 and encourage their first steps into careers in science, technology and engineering. Helen Wollaston, chief executive of campaigning organisation WISE, says:  “We ...

Princess codes a robot, championing girls to get involved in technology

HRH The Princess Royal, Royal Patron of WISE, was part of a winning team to programme an all-conquering robot at the WISE Awards dinner celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology and engineering at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London last week. The Princess Royal coded a micro:bit to play ...

Danbro calls for Chancellor to halt punishment of self-employed workers in Autumn Statement

A national accountancy firm is calling for new Chancellor Phillip Hammond to make sweeping tax changes and bring an end to the merciless targeting of the UK’s army of five million self-employed people when he delivers his first Autumn Statement next week. With the UK facing uncertainty in the wake ...

UK growth at risk due to crisis of 50,000 missing female minds

The UK’s key growth industries risk stalling unless the country tackles the loss of 50,000 talented girls a year from science, technology and engineering jobs, a major national summit will hear on Thursday. British companies face a massive skills crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) of  69,000 recruits ...

Restaurant 92 backing fight to get homeless children off our streets

Harrogate fine dining venue Restaurant 92 is joining forces with 27 other local restaurants to support a festive fundraising campaign that aims to help get homeless children off the streets. The restaurant, on Station Parade, has signed up for the Eat Drink Give campaign organised by youth homelessness charity SASH ...

Innovative language school recognised by two major awards

The Leeds-based International School for Linguists, which delivers a range of innovative programmes to improve language skills, has been recognised by two major national awards for a course that enables people to embark on a career as an interpreter. The school’s Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting has been shortlisted ...