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HMRC Investigations into Apprenticeship Levy More Than Double in a Year
March 26, 2019
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The number of investigations launched by HMRC into the underpayment of the Apprenticeship Levy has more than doubled in a year to 84, up from 33 in 2017/18, says UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group.

HMRC collected an extra £6.2m through these investigations last year, up from £5.2m in 2017/18.

UHY Hacker Young says a growing number of businesses are finding the Apprenticeship Levy complex and difficult to comply with. This is leading to businesses underpaying which potentially leaves them exposed to substantial fines.

The Institute of Directors has suggested that a lack of clear information on how to pay the Apprenticeship Levy and its rushed implementation in April 2017 may have created confusion amongst businesses. Read more

A Guide to Apprenticeships – Update 21 March 2019

The updated ‘A Guide to Apprenticeships’ provides information on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing an apprenticeship with case studies from real apprentices.

The Essential Guide to Apprenticeship Support – provides information for individuals who are considering applying for an apprenticeship, and current apprentices. The information may also be useful for parents, carers and other groups who offer advice and guidance. Read more

BAFTA Opens Applications for £12,000 UK Scholarships
March 25, 2019
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today opened applications to the BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which enables talented British citizens in need Home pageof financial support to take an industry-recognised course in film, games or television in the UK.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

The scholarships are part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career, regardless of their background or circumstances.
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Ofqual Blog: How to Talk to Your Students About Exam Anxiety
March 25, 2019
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Authors: Tamsin McCaldin and Professor Kevin Woods

In this blog, we offer strategies which teachers might find useful to help reduce their students’ experiences of exam anxiety. While some examples might seem obvious, research reminds us that these approaches can be successful with students – many of whom will be encountering high stakes exams for the first time and may lack experience of dealing with these feelings.

Choose motivation strategies carefully

Teachers sometimes point out negative consequences in order to motivate distracted or disengaged students. They might say that if students do not concentrate, they will fail to achieve their target grades, or not get into the college or university they want. Read more

Hard Facts Employers Should Consider Before Recruiting Young People Who Are NEET

James Ashall, Chief Executive, Movement to Work provides an insight into how organisations like BAE Systems, BT, Marks and Spencer and the NHS haveMovement to Workbenefited from looking deeper into the labour market.

Movement to Work works with businesses and organisations that have the imagination to give young people who need more support a chance in the workplace through placements and other job opportunities.

Together we have provided over 80,000 placements, and over 50% of those completing them have gone onto employment or back into education.

But, of course, many businesses need more than imagination, they must justify all of their decisions to investors, staff and customers. And the good news is they can. Recruiting this way makes financial sense through lower recruitment costs, ensures a high level of loyalty among incoming staff and improves the morale of existing staff. Read more

Presentations for Career Professionals Interested in Mental Health
March 22, 2019
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Mental health has become a crucial consideration for career development professionals, whether examining how it relates to their clients’ career development or their own well-being. Following are links to the slides from several presentations at CERIC’s 2019 Cannexus conference that examined the topic from various angles.

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CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Linking Improved Career Development & Mental Health Together – Clarence DeSchiffart

In reviewing mental health and career development concepts, it appears the principles are striving for the same outcome – helping someone to a better and happier life. This session offered a detailed examination and comparison of specific core mental health and career development principles. Read more

ESFA Update: 20 March 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Ofsted Blog: What Ofsted Looks at When it Comes to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
March 21, 2019
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Julie Ashton, senior Her Majesty’s inspector, and Nigel Bragg, Her Majesty’s inspector, explain why good-quality careers guidance should be available to helpOfstedyoung people make informed decisions, and outline what Ofsted looks at in inspections when it comes to careers education.

Not so long ago, the career decisions we made as teenagers set us on a path that lasted until we received our free bus pass. For many, the days when we had a job for life are now long gone, yet it’s fair to say that the career decisions we make as young adults are still important.

We can all agree that careers guidance matters. Schools and colleges have a vital role in preparing pupils and young people for life beyond education, and that is not just limited to exam grades. Read more

Career Resiliency – Building a Better Future
March 21, 2019
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The following article was written by Julie Marseu, B.Sc., CRS. During her career, Marseu has helped thousands of people withJulie Marseutheir career transitions.

When I think of career resiliency, I think of my friend Molly, who applied nine times before she was promoted from a Customer Service Representative to a Learning Specialist.

In the first interview, Molly was told she didn’t have the necessary education or experience. Instead of giving up, she asked for suggestions and immediately enrolled in the recommended university program. After the second attempt, she began volunteering as an instructor with Junior Achievement, where she applied her new learning to engage students, and eventually earned a commendation. At home, she threw herself into a learning quest and surrounded herself with people who believed in her. At work, she stretched by coaching new employees, serving on the Quality Council, authoring a quarterly newsletter, organizing events and being involved in everything possible. Read more

Four International Reports Related to Career Development
March 20, 2019
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World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work (World Bank)

This report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology. Fears that robots will take away jobsfrom people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that, on balance, this appears to be unfounded.

Investing in Refugee Talent: Lessons Learned in Labour Market Integration (Hire Immigrants, Cities of Migration and BertelsmannStiftung)

This report shares 13 international best practices in refugee labour market integration, which all represent the pivotal role of employment in the integration of refugees and the private sector as a key stakeholder in receiving communities. Read more