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Civil Service Recruitment: New Framework
June 26, 2019
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Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service. 

The Success Profile Framework is being introduced to attract and retain people of talent and experience from a range of sectors and all walks of life, in line with the commitment in the Civil Service Workforce Plan.

The Success Profile Framework moves recruitment away from using a purely competency-based system of assessment. It introduces a more flexible framework which assesses candidates against a range of elements using a variety of selection methods. This will give the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, driving up performance and improving diversity and inclusivity. Read more

75% of Traineeships Lead to Apprenticeships or Jobs
June 26, 2019
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A new achievement rate measure will be introduced to boost transparency around traineeships, according to the government

Three-quarters of young people who complete a traineeship go onto start an apprenticeship, further study or get a job within 12 months, the Department for Education has said.

The number traineeships fell for the first time in 2017 and, at the time, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) urged the government to take action to save the programme.

Traineeships are an education and training programme aimed at helping 16- to 24-year-olds to prepare for an apprenticeship or work. They were launched by the coalition government in 2013.

The DfE has announced that a new achievement rate measure will be introduced for the academic year 2019-20 in a bid to boost transparency and highlight the progress of trainees.

The measure will help the government to monitor the effectiveness of the traineeship programme, and assist young people in making decisions about their futures.

In order to encourage more people into traineeships, the government is providing £20 million through the Adult Education Budget for further education and training providers.

‘A positive step’

Apprenticeship and skills minister Anne Milton said that traineeships were a great way of giving people of all ages and from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn new skills and go on to have successful careers.

“I’m thrilled that this report shows how traineeships are supporting young people to start their apprenticeship journey, get their first job or go to further study,” she added.

“This new measure we have launched today will also provide greater transparency and help young people make informed decisions about their next steps.”

Mark Dawe, AELP chief executive, said that the announcement was a positive step towards reinvigorating traineeships, and encouraging more young people to take advantage of the programme.

“AELP particularly welcomes the separate measurements of achievement confirming the programme’s original objectives of progression into an apprenticeship, job or further education.  

“In the light of this, we will be urging providers to seriously take a fresh look at traineeships with a view to increasing the number of opportunities available,” he said.

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said: 

“It is important that we do not lose the stepping stone programmes that allow people to progress to the levels of competence that employers are seeking. These changes will help recognise the many positive outcomes from traineeships which colleges are helping to achieve,” he said.

Disabled Choosing Self-Employment for Better Working Conditions
June 25, 2019
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More disabled people are choosing self-employment but are being let down by poor support fromthe government, according to new research from IPSE.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE ) study, Making self-employment work for disabled people, found that 611,000 people with disabilities in the UK now work for themselves in their main job.

The report found that one in seven (14%) of the self-employed UK workforce are disabled, up by 30% in five years. The research emphasised that disabled people actively choose self-employment, with only 12% feeling they were ‘pushed’ into it by a lack of opportunities or redundancy. Read more

Copies of Presentations Explaining T Levels
June 25, 2019
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As T Levels are gaining momentum more organisations are sharing their knowledge about them.

The following are copies of presentations made to the CDI by Sue Clarke from DfE and Gatsby.

 Gatsby T Levels Awareness Raising CDI 2019

Intro to T Levels – CDI

 

DMH Associates: Newsletter No 2
June 24, 2019
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The latest dmh associates Newsletter is now available. 

It includes:

  • A brief summary of dmh associates selected activities
  • A link to the Special Issue of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling – Happiness and Wellbeing
  • An article about dmh role in Career-Related Learning in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland
  • Information about the launch of a new major Working Wales initiative
  • An update on the Scottish Careers Strategy
  • Skills NI and the major annual planned 2019 Skills Show
  • Insights into some selected research and evaluation projects
  • Keynote presentations delivered or  being delivered by Deirdre 

View the Newsletter: HERE

 

Brexit Inhibiting Foreign Interest in UK Finance Jobs
June 24, 2019
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A staffing crisis in the financial sector may be on the horizon, as Brexit causes a decline in interest in City jobs

Foreign interest in UK banking jobs has fallen by 12% since 2015, according to Indeed.

Initially interest fell most sharply among prospective candidates from Europe. Between the first quarter of 2015 (when the likelihood of a referendum on the UK exiting the EU started to grow) and the first quarter of 2018, EU jobseekers’ share of all clicks on London finance jobs on the Indeed website fell from 7.8% to 5.9%. Read more

Is Fashion Manufacturing Coming Home?
June 21, 2019
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Rapid globalisation and complex supply chains mean brands have hitherto largely relied on production overseas, where labour is often cheaper and economies of scale have enabled strong expansion.

But in light of Brexit and its potential impact on global trade and workforces, the reindustrialisation of Britain, for the textiles industry at least, could prove attractive to many domestic brands

Britain is a clothes-hungry nation: we buy more garments than any other country in Europe. Fast-fashion behemoth Primark operates more stores here than in any other country in the world and its biggest global outpost, an 161,000-square-foot giant, has just opened in Birmingham.

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60% of Gen Z Know What Career They Want Before They Are 20
June 21, 2019
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New research has identified that over half(53%) of 16-20-year-olds wouldn’t consider a career in hospitality.

The top reasons for this are it’s seen as ‘a stepping stone to another career’, as having ‘limited career prospects’ and viewed as ‘a part-time job while studying’ – posing the question, do hospitality careers need a re-brand?

The results, which are from a new study by HIT Training and Get My First Job, highlight the worrying perceptions the younger generation have of hospitality careers and the need for the sector to address these and open the door to future talent. Read more

The 3 Colleges to Open Centres for Excellence in SEND
June 21, 2019
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City College Norwich, Derby College and Weston College will each share a slice of £1.2 million to provide support for leaders, managers and practitioners who wish to put learners with SEND at the heart of their organisation.

Revealed: The 3 colleges that will share £1.2m to open centres for excellence in SEND
Three colleges have been chosen to open centres for excellence in special educational needs and disabilities.

Selected by the Education and Training Foundation, each will host a SEND strategic leadership hub, which will provide leadership support to around 15 leaders from different providers across the country’s FE sector.

The centres will also develop “effective practice” for use in college strategies, by creating pathways to employment, curriculum co-creation and promoting staff and learner wellbeing.

City College Norwich will focus on “community”, ensuring that learners with SEND are “participating in their local communities, including creating pathways to employment”.

Meanwhile, Derby College will focus on making sure the curriculum “always has a clear purpose so that learners with SEND have potential to achieve their aspirations”.

And Weston College will focus on people, ensuring organisations create “truly inclusive cultures, motivating staff to engage in continued professional development with an emphasis on supporting learners with mental, social and emotional needs”.

The ETF expects the initiative to support 120 managers.

Nadhim Zahawi, children and families minister, said the investment will “help young people with special educational needs strive toward their ambitions, by making sure education is designed with the needs of students in mind”.

And David Russell, chief executive of the ETF, said: “Further education has an essential role to play in ensuring every learner in our country has the maximum opportunity to make the most of their talents, skills and ambitions. It is vital therefore that we place more focus, thought and activity on how we can better support our learners with SEND which is why this new programme is needed.

“We are pleased to be working on this programme with the three chosen Centres, on behalf of DfE and we look forward to supporting leaders, teachers and trainers across the whole sector on making this a success.”

Corrienne Peasgood, principal at City College Norwich, said her college was “excited by this opportunity to act as a hub for good practice”.

“There is a wealth of innovative partnerships and approaches in FE that enrich learning, enhance progression, and enable students with SEND to make a visible and valued contribution in their communities,” she added.

Mandie Stravino, chief executive at Derby College Group, said: “We are incredibly proud to be selected as a Centre for Excellence in SEND by the ETF – particularly during these challenging times when peer support and sharing good practice is even more important.”

And Weston College’s principal Paul Philips added that his college was “thrilled and excited to be delivering within the new centre”.

ESFA Update: 19 June 2019

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

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 19 June 2019

ESFA Update academies: 19 June 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 19 June 2019

Details
Items for further education
Actionsubmit your college financial plans by Wednesday 31 July 2019 via IDAMS
Informationregister of apprenticeship training providers (the register) – Ofsted grade exemptions
Informationlist of further providers selected to deliver T Levels
Informationrecording accurate data on the individualised learner record (ILR)
Informationqualification achievement rate (QAR) – in-year data release for 2018 to 2019
Informationqualification achievement rate (QAR) technical specification documents and in-year guidance for 2018 to 2019
Informationminimum standards 2018 to 2019
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019
Items for academies
Reminderrelated party transactions (RPTs)
Informationlist of further education providers selected to deliver T Levels
Items for local authorities
Informationlist of further providers selected to deliver T Levels

Published 19 June 2019