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Back to work in construction

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A leading construction company and developer is launching a new UK Return-to-Work Programme. Skanska is partnering with Women Returners, experts in returner initiatives, to offer opportunities across the business, including engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, design and geotechnical); operations (planner, project manager, construction supervisor, facilities/general management and BIM technician); commercial (quantity surveyor, buyer and commercial manager); and enabling functions (HR, […]

Better off to benefit from Government childcare proposals, says report

Building blocks

Parents on higher incomes will be the main beneficiaries of the Government’s childcare proposals, according to a report by the think tank Centre Forum. Its report, Widening the gap? The impact of the 30-hour entitlement on early years education and childcare, says that the Government’s plans to double free childcare for three and four year olds […]

Free nursery for 3 and 4 year olds ‘doesn’t boost education or widen access’


Free nursery places may not boost educational attainment in children in primary school, according to a new study which has implications for the government’s policy of doubling free childcare for three and four year olds. The study from the universities of Essex and Surrey found that the 15 hours free preschool education for three and […]

Homeworking increases by a fifth in a decade

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The number of employees who say they usually work from home has increased by a fifth over the past decade, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that nearly a quarter of a million (241,000) more people work from home than 10 years ago. The biggest growth in regular homeworking has […]

J.P. Morgan launches second re-entry programme

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Leading City firm J.P. Morgan has launched a second re-entry programme for those returning from a career break from senior roles. The 18-week, paid, non-rotational programme for candidates in Europe, the Middle East and Africa runs from October 2016 to February 2017 and consists of networking, skills sessions, learning and development opportunities, on-the-job training, coaching […]

Government ‘needs to do more on pregnancy discrimination’

Pregnant woman working at home

The Government needs to do more to challenge the negative attitudes towards maternity rights at work and to protect pregnant women’s health and safety at work, says a leading maternity campaign organisation. Maternity Action is calling on the Government to take action on pregnancy discrimination at work at a Parliamentary event jointly organised with Kate […]

Intergenerational techno-warfare


I made the mistake of going into daughter two’s room the other day. She had her phone in her hand and ‘flash’ she took a photo of me probably not looking my best, whatever best is these days. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Delete that photo immediately.” She swore blind that it was no […]

Free web chat for those considering postgraduate study

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Are you thinking of retraining and looking to go down the postgraduate route? If so, you can get one-to-one advice through a live web chat next week run by the National Careers Service. The live chat will take place between 20.00 and 21.00 on Wednesday 25 May. Advice will be on offer for people wanting […]

Making a difference


Sometimes it can be hard to teach children the difference between right and wrong. They learn from what they see around them, from what we do rather than what we say. Despite an education system which seems designed to make them feel bad about themselves, individual teachers can and do care about their overall wellbeing […]

NatWest everywoman Awards 7th December 2016

Natwest everywoman Awards 2015

The 14th NatWest everywoman Awards ceremony will be held on 7 December 2016 at The Dorchester, London and will be attended by hundreds of the UK’s leading businesswomen, politicians, and media. The Awards celebrate the success of Britain’s top female entrepreneurs at all stages of the journey, from start-ups to those who have established multi-million pound organisations. Previous […]

In search of pumpkin puree


‘I need something really important for my birthday party, gran,’ said granddaughter 3 (almost eleven) on the phone. She’d been a bit deflated after the first year 6 Sats test and her mum had suggested she focus on her birthday that Friday. She continued: ‘I really need a tin of pumpkin puree for my sleepover […]

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