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Youth Voice Census Results 2019 : Press Release
May 21, 2019
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Careers education and knowledge of apprenticeships is on the rise, but there is still much work to do to fix youth unemployment

Youth Employment UK has today launched the results from the 2019 Youth Voice Census, a survey capturing the experiences of more than 3,000 14-24-year olds as they transition between education and employment. Download the full Youth Voice Census Report for 2019 (PDF)

Young People And Careers Education

Young people are benefitting from developments in careers education policy and knowledge of apprenticeships is on the rise; 83% of respondents reported that they had had apprenticeships discussed with them whilst in secondary school, up from 58% in 2018. However university remains the option most frequently discussed, and young people’s confidence in pursuing an apprenticeship has some way to go before we see real parity. It is encouraging to see that those young people who do undertake an apprenticeship report high satisfaction levels. More than 83% say that their apprenticeship has prepared them for their next step, with 63% of respondents planning to stay with their current employer.

Careers Education And The Gender Divide Read more

Apprenticeships: New May Parents’ Pack
May 20, 2019
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The new May Parents Pack is here and includes typical interview questions, creative apprenticeships, apprentice and employer views on work experience, conversations about mental health, results day helpline and much more! 

Free Webinar: Smartphone Features for People with Hearing Loss
May 20, 2019
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Next Tuesday (21st May 2019) at 13:00 BST Ability Net in partnership with Action on Hearing Loss will show you the latest smartphone features and adaptations that allow people with hearing loss to stay in control of their technology and achieve their goals online.

A recording of the webinar will be shared with everyone who registers, including absentees, so please sign up if you haven’t already – even if unable to attend live. Read more

Unemployment Falls but Wage Inequality Rises Reports HR Magazine
May 16, 2019
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While UK unemployment hits another record low, the TUC warns of wage inequality between sector

UK unemployment dropped to 3.8% in the first quarter of 2019, marking the lowest rate since 1974, according to the latest labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

However, trade union the TUC has warned that wages and productivity remain low and wage inequality is on the rise. Its analysis of the latest ONS data found that wages in most sectors are still worth less than before the financial crisis, and overall real wages are still £17 a week lower than a decade ago.

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ESFA Update: 15 May 2019

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

ViewPoint: What Ofsted’s New Inspection Framework Means for FE by Billy Camden
May 14, 2019
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Ofsted has today published its new and final education inspection framework that will come into effect from September.

It follows a three-month public consultation, which prompted more than 15,000 responses – the highest number the education watchdog has ever received. Read more

Ofsted’s New Inspection Arrangements
May 14, 2019
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Ofsted has published the outcome of the consultation on its new education inspection framework, which will take effect from September 2019.

From September 2019, Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success. Read more

Apprenticeship Reform: The Latest Apprenticeship Funding Rules
May 13, 2019
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Information about funding for training and assessing apprentices in England from the Education, Skills & Funding Agency.

The latest rules (2018 to 2019) Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodiesMental Health Awareness Week, body image banner

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools.

Since our first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, we’ve raised awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever!

Find out more HERE

ESFA Update: 8 May 2019

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