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Careers England: Newsletter 140
April 30, 2019
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New DfE Skills Index Shows Significant Decline Since 2012
April 30, 2019
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The overall added-value of the FE and skills system in England has fallen from a baseline of 100 in 2012 to just 73, new government data shows.

The Department for Education has published for the first time a ‘Skills Index’, which shows how the aggregate value of the skills supplied by apprenticeships and classroom-based learning each year has changed over time, following pressure from the National Audit Office to release it.

It shows that the overall FE skills index has declined every year since 2012 until 2016/17, flattening out in 2017/18 at 73.

In making up the drop from 100 to 73, classroom-based provision fell to 48 and apprenticeships increased to 118. Read more

Graduates Earn £10,000 More Per Year than Those Who Don’t go to University
April 29, 2019
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Graduates earn £10,000 more per year than those who don’t go to university, proving that a degree continues to be a rewarding investment, brand new data has revealed (25 April)

The new figures published by the Department for Education show a continued rise, as working-age graduates aged 16-64 earned a median salary of £34,000 in 2018, a rise of £1,000 from the previous year, while their non-graduate peers who chose a different path earned a median salary of £24,000.

The figures show that a degree continues to be a worthwhile investment, however it also revealed that gaps in earnings still exist between different groups of the working age population – with male graduates earning £9,500 more than female graduates, and white graduates also earning £9,500 more than black graduates.

The Universities Minister has welcomed the overarching figures that highlight the value of a degree, but warned that there is further to go to tackle the disparities between different groups. Read more

ViewPoint: Anne Milton – ‘We are Bringing About a Breakthrough in Careers’
April 29, 2019
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Sixteen months on from the launch of the careers strategy there is a real buzz of excitement about careers, insists the skills minister when talking to TES

When I first became minister of state for skills and apprenticeships, I heard all too often that careers education and guidance was not reaching all those young people most in need of it.

Despite the good intentions and hard work of many, careers provision was patchy and too reliant on a chance encounter or a well-connected parent.

But what if you are from a family without these connections? What if you are from a disadvantaged community and do not have access to a wide range of opportunities?

That is why I was delighted to publish the careers strategy in 2017, which sets out our ambitions for a world-class careers system. Our aim is to create a thriving careers system. One that helps people to make the most of their skills and talents.

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More Than a Job’s Worth Report
April 26, 2019
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LKMco has launched an important new report, which sets out what young people should learn during their careers education, and when.https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f6c6cb516a23622646159c4f0/images/63d797d4-5653-4856-b03d-58189ff63f79.png

More Than A Job’s Worth: Making Careers Education Age-Appropriate was commissioned by the charity Founders4Schools, and argues that children’s careers education should begin as soon as they start school. While this is something that may make some people squeamish, the report sets out how this can be done in an age-appropriate way

Read The Report Here

Apprenticeships: April Parents’ Pack
April 26, 2019
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The new April Parents Pack is here and includes a step-by-step guide on how to use Vacancy Snapshot, tips for applying to legal apprenticeships, online support with applying for an apprenticeship, essentials for starting your new apprenticeship, meaningful career roles and much more. Read more

ESFA Update: 24 April 2019

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

Free Courses and New Qualifications Launched to Boost Essential Digital Skills for Adults
April 25, 2019
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Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need.

Free courses will be offered to thousands of people to help the 1 in 5 adults with no or low basic digital skills learn how to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

The new qualifications, unveiled on 23rd  April 2019 by Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton, will be based on new, rigorous national standards and will be available for free to anyone over the age of 19 from 2020.

They have been designed to help adults learn the essential skills, such as sending emails, completing online forms or using a tablet, that many people take for granted.

Research shows that digital skills have become as important in getting a job and being part of society as English and Maths. An estimated 90% of all jobs in the next 20 years will require some form of digital knowledge, but one in five adults still lack these skills. Read more

5 TED Talks That Offer Insights on Job Search and Hiring
April 24, 2019
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The job search can be tough. Jobseekers may face rejection after rejection, without knowing why. These talks offer tips to help make the process a little TED-Talks-Education-Logoeasier and offer some insights into the hiring process.


How to make applying for jobs less painful

This brief video by technologist Priyanka Jain examines the new hiring landscape, in which more and more companies are using tech-forward methods to identify candidates. She explains how candidates can leverage technology to benefit them in their job search. Read more

Permanent Staff Appointments Decline as Brexit-Related Uncertainty Intensifies
April 24, 2019
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The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs showed that heightened uncertainty towards the outlook underpinned the fastest decline in permanent staff appointments since mid-2016 in March.

Brexit-related uncertainty also contributed to a further steep decline in staff availability.

Key findings 

  • Permanent placements fall at quickest pace since July 2016
  • Vacancies increase at slowest rate since August 2016
  •  Availability of candidates continues to decline sharply

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