Luxury horsebox manufacturer motors into Barnsley

A luxury horsebox manufacturer with royal clients is relocating to Barnsley, creating up to 30 jobs.

Equi-Trek, who export their equine transportation across the world, are moving into the former Fox Wire building near Stocksbridge to enable them to push forward with growth plans.

The family-run company is in the process of closing its five rented locations across Meltham and Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire, and will operate from its new 186,000 sq ft base from January.

The majority of the existing 130-strong workforce will move with them, and interviews are currently taking place for jobs in coach building and administration.

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‘Hearing these stories changes you – it makes you more human’

After being coerced into murder, cannibalism and rape, ex-child soldiers in Uganda have been left traumatised. Meet the counsellor using art therapy to help them process their ordeal

In a small hut in an isolated village in northern Uganda, 10 men sat together in a circle drawing pictures. All former child soldiers, they had been given colouring pencils and paper and were asked to draw a time when they had to do something difficult. The first volunteer to share his picture sat directly opposite art therapist David Taransaud. “What he had drawn was a very big cooking pot, and inside there were arms and legs, and someone’s head being cooked; and on the pot he had written LRA, the Lord’s Resistance Army.”

For more than two decades, children, women and men in northern Uganda were terrorised by the notoriously violent LRA, until the end of the civil war in 2006. The guerilla group were responsible for unimaginable crimes against humanity, including exploiting children as soldiers, abduction, murder and child sex slavery – all of which came to international attention with the 2012 viral charity campaign video on its leader, Joseph Kony.

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Government ‘must act to improve careers provision’

Ministers have been accused of “burying their heads in the sand” over the poor state of careers education and advice for teenagers in England’s schools.

The House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy calls on the government to publish a “long-promised” strategy for careers.

The MPs warn careers information and advice is patchy and often inadequate.

They say too many youngsters leave education without the tools to help them consider their future job options.

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Unpaid internships could be banned

The government is considering a ban on unpaid internships, amid concerns they give richer candidates an unfair boost in the race to get top jobs.

Work and Pensions Minister Damian Hinds said “sought-after” roles in popular industries such as media and fashion were not available to everybody.

On Friday, MPs will debate plans to pay interns at least the minimum wage.

The bill’s sponsor, Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke, called unpaid work a “scourge on social mobility”.

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School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’

You’re 18 and leaving education, the world of work is at your feet.

Or is it? Not so, according to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

A survey by the business group has found eight out of 10 British school-leavers “lack essential business skills” such as numeracy.

More than 80% of young people require “significant training” before being put to work, according to the 4,000 finance professionals questioned.

The figure is worse than last year, when 75% of school-leavers were said to need this level of help after being hired.

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University opens without any teachers

A university without any teachers has opened in California this month.

It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The US college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another’s work.

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Which country really has the cleverest students?

Higher education has a strong sense of hierarchy.

And high-profile international league tables are a very public form of this pecking order.

While these might measure a whole range of factors – from reputation and staff ratios to research output – what they do not compare is the ability of students who have been taught in these universities.

But the OECD, in its annual Education at a Glance, has published test results comparing the ability of graduates in different countries.

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UK unemployment rate holds steady

The UK jobless rate held steady at a near 11-year low of 4.9% in the three months to August, figures show.

Unemployment saw a “small” rise of 10,000 to 1.66 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

“These figures show that employment continued to grow over the summer and vacancies remain at high levels, suggesting continuing confidence in the economy,” the ONS said.

Average weekly earnings grew by 2.3%, a slight fall from the previous month.

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Will jobs exist in 2050?

Sophisticated machines are fast outpacing jobs. What does this mean for the future of work? And if there are no jobs, what we will do with our time?

Robotic hand using a laptop computer.

There’s no question that technology is drastically changing the way we work, but what will the job market look like by 2050? Will 40% of roles have been lost to automation – as predicted by Oxford university economists Dr Carl Frey and Dr Michael Osborne – or will there still be jobs even if the nature of work is exceptionally different from today? To address these issues, the Guardian hosted a roundtable discussion, in association with professional services firm Deloitte, which brought together academics, authors and IT business experts.

The future of work will soon become “the survival of the most adaptable”, says Paul Mason, emerging technologies director for Innovate UK. As new technologies fundamentally change the way we work, the jobs that remain will be multifaceted and changeable.

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Protest at axing of archaeology A-level

A campaign is calling for the reversal of a decision to scrap A-level archaeology – saying it would cause “irrevocable harm” to the development of future archaeologists.

Time Team presenter Sir Tony Robinson has backed the protest.

The Chartered Institute of Archaeology says there is already a shortage of archaeologists, needed to work alongside major building projects.

The AQA exam board says there will be no more new entrants for the subject.

But students who have started the A-level this year will be able to continue and complete the course.

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