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Developing Real Employability Skills in Schools in UK – Over 90% of teachers believe that the top five skills and two of the four competencies are developed

There have been numerous studies asking employers ‘what they really want’ in terms of workforce skills. These often show that employers express concerns about students’ skills level in certain areas, for instance, communications. But there are two challenges – the number of overlapping studies and the broad definition of these skills. This report takes a … Continue reading

Soft Skills Development in Europe – Different methodologies and approaches

Pushed by current socio-economic projections, a rising number of governments and international institutions are trying to bring closer the world of education and training and the world of work: graduates’ employability, innovation and entrepreneurship, ICT use in tertiary education, are just some of the topics on this agenda. The level of youth unemployment across the … Continue reading

Me in a minute – A simple strategy for developing and showcasing personal employability

Graduates require evidence of employability beyond marks and grades to differentiate themselves in the highly competitive labour market. Universities cannot guarantee employment, but they can engage students in learning and recognise achievement that is relevant to employment. Here, we share preliminary insights from interviews investigating student perceptions of an extra-curricular video strategy designed to develop … Continue reading

Australia – Employability Skills Training Consultation Paper

In the 2016-17 Budget, the Australian Government announced an $840 million Youth Employment Package to give young people the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job. The package will deliver a new Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare – Trial – Hire) to support young job seekers into jobs. The Youth Jobs … Continue reading

Welfare-to-Work and Skills Providers – Myths and issues

If skills providers were demand-led, surely they would meet all the demand from welfare-to-work programme providers for skills provision? Skills providers have the freedom and flexibility to deploy their adult skills budget as they see fit to meet government priorities and respond to local need. They have to take into consideration many competing demands, demand … Continue reading

Employability – At least as much about acquiring certain habits as it is about knowledge or skill

How do you actually teach students to be more employable? How do you learn to be employable? What is it that leaders and managers do differently? What do teachers, trainers, coaches, lecturers and facilitators do that is different in the classroom, lecture hall, studio, workshop, training restaurant, etc? Which learning methods seem to work best? Here … Continue reading

UK – Schools are too focused on exam results alone say students themselves

Schools are still far too focused on exam results and are not doing enough to equip their students for the workplace, according to students themselves. The new research released today, which questioned both secondary school aged students and their parents, saw three quarters (76%) of pupils say that their school trains them just to pass … Continue reading

Australia – 60% of students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future

Sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation, according to a new report by the Foundation for Young Australians. Key points 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years 60 per cent of students are … Continue reading

Voluntary Experience in UK – 67% of employers report that entry- level candidates who have it demonstrate more employability skills

Participation in social action, by which we mean practical action in the service of others that creates positive change, for example volunteering or fundraising activities, has risen up the political and social agenda in recent years.  A recent CIPD survey found that many employers recognise some of the key skills that can be developed as … Continue reading

Employability – Should skills be refreshed every five years

82% believe in refreshing skills & competencies every five years to enhance employability.   Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Randstad Workmonitor 2015 wave 1 – March 2015

2014 University Ranking by Times Higher Education – Cambridge has replaced Oxford

The University of Cambridge has replaced the University of Oxford at the top of a global ranking that measures how universities perform on graduate employability. The Global Employability University Survey 2014 has 13 UK institutions making the top 150 of the list, with University College London and Imperial College London joining the Oxbridge institutions in … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – 57 per cent said that it makes ‘very employable’, more than History, English or Foreign Languages degree

A degree is no longer the golden ticket to a career it once was and with increased tuition fees it’s an expensive way to find out what you don’t want to be. Encouragingly, in research just released by the Edge Foundation and City & Guilds, it is clear that parents are making the connection between … Continue reading

Grads in Canada – The expectation gap

Too many young people flounder around the margins of their chosen field, bouncing from unpaid internship to short term contract to coffee shop job. Youth unemployment continues to hover stubbornly around 13 per cent, only 2 per cent lower than its peak during the recession and double the national average. And the unemployment rate doesn’t … Continue reading

Study or Train Abroad in EU -It strengthens key skills highly valued by employers study finds

Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers. A new study on the impact of the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are … Continue reading

US – Employability makes unemployment to trickles down to lower-skilled workers research finds

Unemployment “trickles down” to America’s poorest and most vulnerable because, during recessions, higher-income workers with more education take jobs that are below their qualification level, according to new research. Such underemployment, in turn, leaves fewer job openings for which the so-called lower-skilled workers are qualified. “Some high-skill workers move down the occupational ladder in order … Continue reading

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