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Driving Up the Demand for Skills in UK – Skills policy is only one part of a strategic mix

The general direction of skills policy in the UK over the recent past has been to create a market for training in order to improve the degree to which the skills people acquire are matched to those that the economy demands. A recognised weakness of the training market, certainly over the 1990s and early 2000s, … Continue reading

UK – The adult skills system is failing to build an economy that works for everyone IPPR says

The government is seeking to build an economy that works for everyone. As we leave the European Union, we will need to ensure that our country can compete in a global economy, and the government has set goals of boosting living standards, growth and productivity, and addressing deeply engrained regional inequalities. However, England’s adult skills … Continue reading

UK – Higher and degree apprenticeships represent the cream of the crop

Higher and degree apprenticeships represent the cream of the crop. Typically lasting three to four years, higher apprenticeships provide students with a qualification at level 4 or level 5, equivalent to a foundation degree – although some are available at level 7. Offered in vocational areas, such as engineering, accountancy and law, higher apprenticeships still … Continue reading

STEM Education in UK – 61 per cent felt that technical skills would have been more advantageous than academic skills

This report is not concerned with exams. It focuses on how well schools and educators are doing in helping students to develop the technical skills needed for successful careers. We surveyed STEM workers aged under 35 years to understand how they had made the journey from school to work, exploring not only their experience of … Continue reading

UK – Is there different treatment in recruitment practices and the workplace based on nationality?

In August 2015, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘the EHRC’) conducted research into employer and employee practices, perceptions and experiences in relation to recruitment. Our aim was to understand whether there was any evidence of differential treatment between UK-born and foreign-born workers with a right to work in the UK; the extent of discrimination … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – Substantial opportunities to deliver employer-led training that can boost skills and performance

Nearly a quarter of all job openings in 2015 were left vacant because employers could not nd people with the right skills or knowledge to ll them. Equipping people with better skills is not only crucial to driving productivity, it also has a role in sharing prosperity generated by growth, driving social mobility and ensuring … Continue reading

UK – Almost 1 million people aged 50-64 have been made ‘involuntarily jobless’

Age-old assumptions about when working life should end are rapidly changing. Increasing numbers are choosing to work beyond State Pension Age (SPA) and many are having to work longer than planned to assure their income in retirement, particularly in light of recent changes to SPA. As a society we have failed to grasp and respond, … Continue reading

Cities in UK – They should support economic growth to attract and retain a greater number of graduates, then it needs to

Attracting and retaining talent is increasingly critical for the success of city economies as the UK continues to specialise in ever more high-skilled, knowledge- intensive activities. And this is a big challenge for many of our cities. While the UK’s great universities are spread around the country, many graduates head straight for the bright lights … Continue reading

16–18-year-olds in UK – Making the apprenticeship system work

Too many 16–18-year-olds are studying level 2 courses that do not help them progress to higher levels of vocational education or start a successful career. This is contributing to England’s relatively high levels of youth unemployment, as many young people struggle to make the transition from education to work. The current system of vocational education … Continue reading

Going to University in UK – So what skills ‘premium’, if any, do individuals gain from it ?

With nearly three-in-five graduates in the UK working in non-graduate jobs, the UK has one of the highest levels of self-reported over-qualification amongst its graduates in Europe. So what skills ‘premium’, if any, do individuals gain from going to university? And with the UK not producing enough of the highly skilled jobs for our graduates … Continue reading

Apprenticeships for 16-18s in UK – The average annual cost to providers is higher than for adults by around £2502 per apprentice per year

1. The average annual cost to providers of delivering apprenticeships for 16- 18s is higher than for adults by around £2502 per apprentice per year. This is largely driven by ancillary support; sub-contracting of external training providers or assessors; and teaching. Therefore if we assume an average duration of an apprenticeship across both age groups … Continue reading

UK – Achieving three million more apprentices by 2020

The book, A Race to the Top: Achieving Three Million More Apprentices by 2020, is published by Winchester University Press. It concludes that while apprenticeships are in a good place today, benefiting from increasing employer leadership and government prioritisation, there is plenty still to do if we are to transform apprenticeships for the future. This … Continue reading

The Apprenticeship Levy in UK – How will employers respond?

From April 2017, large employers in the UK will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy based on their total pay bill. This study, undertaken by the Institute for Employment Research and IFF Research, was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (though the policy responsibility for FE and apprenticeships has now shifted … Continue reading

Hiring Tech Apprentices in UL – Overcoming the barriers

This report comprises the outcomes in the first in a series of research activities that the Tech Partnership will be running during 2016 which explores employers’ perceptions about digital/ tech/ IT apprenticeships. This research was designed to elicit employer responses to why they have or have not yet taken digital apprentices in their organisations. Those … Continue reading

Graduates in Non-Graduate Occupations in UK – Many remain in those jobs and lose contact with potential graduate employers

This report considers graduates employed in non-graduate occupations. Using survey data from Futuretrack and Moving On, it compares the early career paths of two graduate cohorts. Those who graduated in 1999 (‘the class of 1999’) are contrasted with those who applied for higher education in 2006 and subsequently graduated in 2009 from a three-year course … Continue reading

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