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Graduates Worried About Job Prospects Post-Brexit
March 13, 2019
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Most graduates (78%) think that Brexit will negatively affect their careers, according to research by Milkround

A further 52% of this year’s graduate pool think it will be more difficult to secure a graduate role, similarly to the period following the 2008 financial crash.

Half (50%) of those that graduated during the global financial crisis said they found it more difficult to secure a graduate job because of the crash, taking an average of eight months to find their first career job. Ten years on, three-fifths (58%) say the 2008 crisis had a negative impact on their career.

The financial crisis also in some cases obstructed 2008 graduates’ entry into their desired field, with half (50%) saying they had to change their post-university plans and three-fifths (62%) taking a job in a different sector because of lack of available roles.

Milkround warned that this year’s graduates are taking a similar approach to delaying their entry into the job market, with 55% planning to postpone looking for their first role. Sixty per cent expect to take a position in a different sector, 18% think they will need to do temporary work and 9% plan to go travelling instead. The results also reveal a 15% rise in the number of graduates planning to take up a postgraduate qualification rather than heading straight into work. Read more

The Trends of End-Point Assessment Methods Selected
March 13, 2019
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The following research was carried out by Strategic Development Network (SDNStrategic Development Network (SDN)

The picture overall

End-point assessment is new for everyone. Most of those involved in trailblazer groups and end-point assessment delivery would agree that assessment plan design has improved as we’ve gone along.

So what, in general, is the approach now taken by trailblazer groups? Most assessment plans include an average of three assessment methods. These can be broken down into three broad categories: Read more

£3 billion of Apprenticeship Funding Remains Unspent
February 12, 2019
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New analysis from The Open University (6 Feb) suggests that UK businesses could be at risk of losing £3 billion in funding that could be used to increase skills and boost productivity.

Organisations have only drawn down 14 per cent of available funding from the apprenticeship levy – and from April the government will start to anything left over month by month, so The Open University is encouraging businesses to act now before they miss out on an opportunity to build skills they desperately need.

The data, secured by The Open University through a Freedom of Information Act request1, reveals that employers have earned back just £480 million of the total funding available since May 2017. So far, only one in five (19%) levy-paying employers have made apprenticeship commitments, with many reporting some kind of frustration with the scheme.

Additional market research undertaken by the University shows that the vast majority (94%) of employers are supportive of the apprenticeship levy in principle, but two in five (42%) would like to see changes to make the apprenticeship levy work more effectively for their organisation.   Read more

Educating for the Modern World: Increased demand for Higher Skilled Roles
November 7, 2018
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The CBI reports that more than three-quarters (79%) of businesses expect to increase the number of higher-skilled roles over the coming years.

Yet two-thirds (66%) fear that there will be a lack of sufficiently skilled people to fill vacancies. 

That’s according to the 2018 CBI Education and Skills Annual Report, in partnership with Pearson.

The report represents 28,000 businesses and reveals that 85% of firms are expecting to maintain or increase investment in training in their workforce. Currently, UK employers spend £44.2 billion on training expenditure each year.

When asked about the impact of the apprenticeship levy, the report highlighted a drop in the number of firms offering apprenticeship programmes (from 83% in 2017 to 70% in 2018). Worryingly, 59% of those firms that offer such programmes have experienced difficulty in recruiting apprentices or expect to do so in the next three years.  And over a quarter (26%) have taken the decision to absorb the levy as an added cost of doing business. Read more

Women in Management: Underrepresented & Overstretched?
October 25, 2018
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Women in Management: Article by DHM Associates

Despite years of gender equality legislation, men outnumber women in management positions by two to one.

While structural barriers continue to impede women’s career advancement, women themselves may be deterred from becoming managers if they perceive that it would have a negative impact on their working and personal lives. What is the experience of women in management roles and how can their underrepresentation in management be addressed? These are the questions this  policy brief published by Eurofound seeks to answer by looking at the job quality of managers, both female and male, and the impact a management job has on personal life.

This policy brief looks at the latest data on women in management from the 2015Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).  It begins by clarifying the meaning of manager and identifies the different roles that exist under this banner. It looks at how management breaks down along gender lines according to type of manager, country, sector, company ownership, and the characteristics of reporting staff. It then turns to job quality, asking whether the working conditions of managers are better than those of non-managers and whether they are similar for women and men. Finally, it probes whether manager status influences men’s and women’s well-being differently and looks the experience of spillovers between work and personal life. Read more

Adult Education: Why Adults Decide to Study
September 26, 2018
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A qualitative study providing a detailed understanding of how and why adults decide to undertake learning.

This study explores in depth adults’ behaviours and decision-making relating to learning.

It:

  • provides evidence on the influencers, facilitators and barriers to engagement in adult learning
  • provides key sources of information and support
  • explores what encourages adults into learning

It’s based on in-depth interviews with learners and workshops with non-learners.

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Careers Advice for Adults: £9 Saved for Every £1 Spent
September 17, 2018
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The following report was published by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE on her website http://dmhassociates.org

In late 2017, the Board of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber: National Careers Service commissioned dhm associates to undertake an economic review and analysis of the productivity and economic benefits of the service.

The period under review focuses on data available from early 2015 – mid year 2017 and the primary focus is on face-to-face careers guidance for adults. To access the full report: Productivity and Economic Benefits Report 140918

Three key questions

  • What level of fiscal return does the National Careers Service: Careers Yorkshire and the Humber make to HM Treasury?
  • Is the National Careers Service priority target group, set by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), linked to a payment by results, sufficient to meet regional/local needs?
  • What lies ahead in Yorkshire and the Humber when it comes to the National Careers Service face-to-face careers guidance work with adults in the coming year(s)?

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Sutton Trust: PARENT POWER 2018
September 14, 2018
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In 2013 the Sutton Trust published Parent Power?a landmark piece of work authored by Prof Becky Francis and Prof Merryn Hutchings demonstrating how social class influences parents’ ability to support their children in their schooling. Five years later Parent Power 2018 revisits the cultural and financial resources parents use to boost their children’s chances of educational success.

Based on a survey conducted by YouGov, the Sutton Trust’s Rebecca Montacute and Carl Cullinane find similar trends to those found in 2013. From choosing the best school to attend, to paying for out of school extracurricular activities, better-off parents continue to have the upper hand when it comes to navigating the education system and preventing their children from falling behind in school.

The report also reveals new challenges. The ‘hidden costs’ of education such as uniforms and travel expenses are an increasing concern for parents from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, while schools are demonstrating increasing reliance on extra financial contributions from parents following recent school budget cuts.

KEY FINDINGS
  • When choosing what school to send their child to, parents with higher socioeconomic backgrounds were more likely to attend open days, read Ofsted reports, speak to parents at the school, read league tables and consult local authority or other education websites.
  • Parents in lower socioeconomic groups were more likely to indicate that the cost of travel, and potential extra financial costs such as uniforms, played a significant role in their decision making. Over half of working class parents (56%), compared to 34% of professional parents.
  • Just one in five parents (20%) reported that they were familiar with Progress 8, the Department for Education’s new headline measure for school league tables.
  • Parents in higher socioeconomic groups were much more likely to report a variety of strategies to gain access to their preferred school, such as moving to an area with good schools or to a specific catchment, along with employing private tutors for entrance tests. Read more
Labour Market Outlook – Summer 2018
September 7, 2018
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The latest Labour Market Outlook: Summer 2018 produced by CIPD in partnership with The Adecco Group reports that while overall employment remains high, recruitment difficulties and stagnating pay growth will post challenges for employers in the months ahead.

There is a continuing high demand for skills that is failing to be met by sufficient supply. Two-thirds of employers are reporting that their vacancies are proving hard to fill and the average number of applicants per vacancy has dropped across all skill levels. Despite these factors putting upward pressure on wages, organisations are limited in their ability to offer raises for all staff due to weak productivity.

Interestingly they also conclude that improvements in management capability and workforce productivity will not happen unless there is greater investment in nudging, encouraging and supporting firms, to raise their management game. CIPD research suggests that the provision of high-quality HR support to small firms at a local level embedded through key partnerships such as LEPs, chambers of commerce and local authorities has the potential to reach large numbers of employers and make a material difference to confidence and capability – and support productivity growth.

Schools and Employers Must Collaborate to Help Young People into Work
September 5, 2018
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Off the back of last week’s GCSE results, research published by HR Magazine, shows parents feel more must be done by employers and schools to provide work experience for young people.

Most parents (82%) believe schools and employers need to work more closely to prepare their children for the workplace, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The survey also highlighted that despite 78% of parents believing work experience provides the best way for young people to gain employability skills, only 32% agree that employers are actually doing enough to provide that work experience.

Separate CMI research showed that 85% of employers want students to have gained work experience.

It found that parents are roughly as confident about the careers advice they give their children (56%) as they are in that provided by their children’s schools (54%).

Parents’ views play an important role in students’ decision-making. In previous research, 77% of young people said that parents are their number one source of careers advice when leaving school.

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