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Hiring Discrimination – Callback rates nearly 50% higher for applicants with “white” names

A different name alone can dramatically decrease the chances of being invited to a job interview. In the United States, a pioneering study found that the callback rate for a job interview was nearly 50% higher for applicants with “white” names (Emily Walsh and Greg Baker) than for otherwise similar persons with African-American names (Lakisha … Continue reading

Digital Skills – A toolkit for developing a digital skills strategy

This toolkit provides stakeholders with guidance on developing a digital skills strategy. It is intended for policymakers, along with partners in the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Its overarching aim is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive digital skills strategy at country level. It is also possible to use this guide to focus … Continue reading

Implementing Technology-Focused Apprenticeship – Nine common issues and strategies

The goal of this report is to highlight effective employer engagement practices and identify key lessons learned from implementing technology-focused apprenticeship programs. To identify effective practices, JFF interviewed eight individuals who are implementing these types of programs through the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) to answer four questions: 1. How are tech apprenticeship programs engaging employers? … Continue reading

Effective Work-Based Learning – Core Principles

To help employers create high-quality work-based learning programs, JFF has identified seven key principles for effective work-based learning models.These principles offer guidelines for developing features that will increase the number of individuals who access and complete work- based learning experiences, acquire skills and knowledge valued by employers, and enter and advance in careers. According to … Continue reading

Skills – The Life Skills for Europe (LSE) Framework

The Life Skills for Europe (LSE) Framework offers an overarching framework for life skills learning that is applicable across Europe. The framework aims to establish a common understanding of life skills by defining eight key types of capabilities necessary to be an active participant in life and work. For each capability there are two aspects, … Continue reading

Talent War – Former employees and workforce returnees, two groups you can’t Ignore

In the ever-escalating war for talent, companies may be overlooking two valuable groups: former employees and workforce returnees. Alumni are a known entity—hiring managers have far more information on these candidates than on a typical hire—and they’re already familiar with the company’s culture and standards. And the pool of workforce returnees (people who left the … Continue reading

Supporting people with English language needs to access apprenticeships in UK – A guide

This guide has been developed by Learning and Work Institute as part of a wider project, undertaken at the request of the Department for Education (DfE), to understand and address barriers to apprenticeships for those with English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) needs. The project aimed to: • establish how and to what extent … Continue reading

The Top Criminal Justice Career Profiles – A sampling of the many career opportunities

The world of criminal justice represents diverse opportunities for employment. No matter whether you’re interested in crime scene analysis, law enforcement, court administration or criminal psychology, a vast array of career options open up when you earn a master’s in criminal justice. Not sure where to start? Here’s a sampling of the many career opportunities … Continue reading

Resumes : Don’t Be too Short – New study reveals that recruiters are 2.3 times as likely to prefer two-page resumes over one-page resumes

Whether a resume should go beyond one page in length has always been a widely controversial topic. Those who believe that resumes should always be a single page generally claim that hiring managers lose patience when reading through unnecessarily long resumes. On the other hand, proponents of longer resumes argue that they have more space … Continue reading

Outil – Un référentiel de compétences pour le CNP 6421 Vendeurs, commis vendeurs, commerce détail

Voici un référentiel de compétences pour le CNP 6421 Vendeurs, commis vendeurs, commerce détail Le référentiel comprend les : les qualifications professionnelles (QP) les connaissances requises (CR) les compétences clés (CC). Note méthodologique et sources : Il s’agit d’une adaptation et de traductions libres le la NOS (National occupationnal standard), UK, Evidence Requirements for the Retail … Continue reading

3 Key Jobs in the Gig Economy

By Lucy Wyndham – 16 million Americans are working in the so-called gig economy, doing alternative work. This can be either as a side job, as temporary emergency work or as a result of prioritising flexibility.  The gig economy can help to increase wealth by diversifying income streams, but it can also come with decreased job security and employee … Continue reading

The Digital Age – How to fortify your public relations

By Lucy Wyndham – By 2020, public relations agencies are estimated to generate over 19.3 billion dollars for companies. In a profession that raises the visibility and communication of a business with its customer base, there have been major shifts in the strategies and processes of PR work. By perfecting your website’s interface, taking advantage of social media, … Continue reading

Skills in the Construction Industry – Upskilling defines the future

By Lucy Wyndham –  Upskilling Defines the Future of Construction Industry Despite working hard to become certified in your specific industry, the half-life of learned skills is now about five years, which means the skills you learned while attaining a degree or industry qualification could well already be out-of-date. As we round the corner full speed into the … Continue reading

From The Drawing Board To The Desk: Jobs For Creative Artists

By Lucy Wyndham Over 7% of Canada’s gross domestic product comes from its cultural and artistic sectors. But it’s not always possible to break into these industries and practice your skills for pay: as CBC reports, the creative sectors here in Canada are particularly vulnerable to economic problems. If you love to draw, the problem is even more pronounced: art … Continue reading

Job Postings on Online Platform for IT Occupations – Posting duration is fairly short and a small share of postings receive the bulk of applications

In work with Brenda Samaniego, Steven J. Davis, the William H. Abbott Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, uses job postings from an online platform for IT occupations,, to learn about the life cycle of a job ad. Davis and Samaniego find that posting duration is fairly short: … Continue reading

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