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Apprenticeship in UK – The focus is still on boosting numbers rather than on the hard and sustained work required to improve quality

Better Apprenticeships draws on research by teams from the UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Vocational Education Research at LSE to analyse the current state of play for apprenticeships in England. ‘Apprenticeship quality and social mobility’, authored by Alison Fuller & Laura Unwin from the UCL Institute of Education, analyses whether sufficient quality indicators are in … Continue reading

Educational Choices in UK – Leaving the decision until the deadline

This research set out to test the hypothesis: given the current complexity of the post-16 educational landscape, learners can experience difficulties making fully-informed choices and navigating technical education routes in particular. The aim was to assess how young people make educational choices post-16 and what information they use. The objectives were as follows: • To … Continue reading

Career Choices in UK – The right advice, in the right place, at the right time

1. This careers strategy is part of our plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. Our ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost national productivity and the earning power of people throughout the country. We want every person, no matter what their background is, to … Continue reading

UK – Educating for the economic future

Digitalisation and automation are changing the number and types of job available and the skills required to carry out existing jobs effectively. Around half of adults in England have basic or no ICT skills, and this is higher than the OECD average. Younger people fare better, but facility with social media should not be mistaken … Continue reading

UK – Implementing better apprenticeships

• Through the apprenticeship levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017, the government plans to raise £3 billion a year by 2021-22. This is the highest investment in real terms ever made for apprenticeships. • Poor implementation could undermine the key benefits of this investment,in particular the quality of training, the school support … Continue reading

UK – It is massively in the interest of both employers and Government to prioritise and invest far more in improving mental health

This study has led us to conclude that underneath the stigma that surrounds mental health and prevents open discussion on the subject, the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work. • While there are more people at work with mental health conditions than ever before, 300,000 people with a long term mental health … Continue reading

The Future of Jobs – UK construction industry will need to reskill over 600,000 employees over the next two decades

We are finally on the cusp of the much-heralded fourth industrial age. The transformational technology that will bring about a new industrial revolution is already available, and across the global economy, businesses are beginning to leverage it to deliver huge productivity benefits. It doesn’t look so rosy everywhere. The UK construction industry’s lacklustre productivity levels … Continue reading

VET in UK – The main aspects

This booklet focuses on some of the main aspects of vocational education and training (VET) in the United Kingdom. It provides an outline of the structure and characteristics of the training system and the challenges it faces. The booklet includes a chart of VET in the United Kingdom’s education and training system and some education … Continue reading

Universities in UK – Almost one million jobs, and add £21.5 billion to GDP

The higher education sector is vital to the UK economy. In 2014–15 it supported almost one million jobs, and contributed £21.5 billion to UK gross domestic product.​ This report​ investigates the economic contribution that universities make annually​ to the UK economy through generating GDP, jobs and taxes, and their longer-term impact on the UK. The research – carried out for … Continue reading

Skills in UK – 94% of employers say that life skills are at least as important as academic results research finds

Schools’ main focus is on developing children’s core academic knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, and range of curriculum subjects. But there are other skills that are increasingly seen as important to children’s wider development: ‘essential life skills’ such as confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience. These are the attitudes, skills and behaviours that … Continue reading

UK – The distinction between self-employment and employment is becoming harder to sustain

This paper looks at way to close the divide between employment and self-employment. SUMMARY The distinction between self-employment and employment is becoming harder to sustain. Even on 2012/13 tax data from HMRC, a third of those reporting income from self-employment also report income from employment. Those two categories themselves simplify and often distort a much … Continue reading

Zero-Hours Contracts in UK – Around 1.7 million working and another 1.9 million do not provide work

The expression “zero-hours contract” is a colloquial term for a contract of service under which the worker is not guaranteed work and is paid only for work carried out. It generally leads to “a form of working where the worker is not guaranteed any work but has to be available as and when the employer … Continue reading

UK – Full employment is back on the agenda

‘Full employment’, for so long considered an unreachable relic of a bygone age, is back on the agenda. That it is once again part of economic and political debates is testament to the UK’s remarkably strong employment performance in recent years. A record-high employment rate is something few people would have thought possible this soon … Continue reading

UK – What do IT technicians do?

1. In the context of another wave of reform of technical education in England, this study set out to enhance understanding of the roles carried out by IT technicians, and the quali cations and training routes that prepare them for these roles.This was an in-depth exploratory study that was carried out in two stages. It … Continue reading

Job Report in UK, March to May 2017 – The unemployment rate at 4.5%, the lowest since 1975

The unemployment rate (the proportion of those in work plus those unemployed, that were unemployed) was 4.5%, down from 4.9% for a year earlier and the lowest since 1975. Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between December 2016 to February 2017 and March to May 2017, the number of people in work increased, … Continue reading

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