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City Bridge Trust and UBS have launched the third round of the Stepping Stones Fund. This programme provides grants to charitable organisations across Greater London who want to get ready for social investment. So far 32 charities have received a total of £1.6 million for investment readiness projects.
Britain's workforce is now more educated and has more graduates than ever before. Conversely, successful programmes for the worst educated has seen numbers of those with lower qualifications continue to shrink. However, two-fifths of the workforce remains overlooked with very little known about pay progression amongst non-graduates with 5 A-C GSCEs or more. Nationally this is significant, as failure to assist this group has been identified as a primary cause for the UK's productivity lagging behind other advanced economies.
What is the business case for the Sustainable Development Goals? This was the question that Nicola Ruane answered at a recent event at the UN in Geneva to bring business, the UN and civil society together.
The Way Ahead, a piece of research which offers 12 recommendations to disrupt the way civil society has traditionally been approached and governed in order to create a new, more effective system. This comes at a time when there continue to be funding reductions, changes to commissioning, growing demand for services and an increased complexity in our political and economic landscape. Extreme times call for drastic measures, and this report outlines a complete solution which has never been seen or discussed before.