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US – The United States is not adequately developing and sustaining a workforce with the skills needed to compete in the 21st century says the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The United States needs a skilled technical workforce to remain competitive in the global economy and to ensure that its workers participate in the nation’s economic growth. There are significant opportunities as well as major challenges in this regard. Notably, rigorous evidence indicates that the returns to investments in technical skills in the labor market … 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

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

Graduate Outcomes in UK – For all subjects by university

Employment outcomes across HEIs and subjects Figure 5 shows the distribution of each institution’s proportion of graduates in sustained employment, further study or both five years after graduation. While median proportions lie consistently between 75% and 85% across subjects, there is significant variation within subjects. For Subjects Allied to Medicine (excluding Nursing), for example, the … Continue reading

Disengagement from School in UK – A map

This paper builds on previous research to set out a model which can be used to measure disengagement nationally. It uses risk factors of disengagement, some imperfect direct measurements, and outcomes which are known to be in uenced by disengagement to locate where high levels of disengagement can be found. Disengagement describes attitudes and practices … Continue reading

Higher Education – Making college is hardly the only way to increase quantity, quality, and equity

Earlier this month, New York became the first US state to offer all but its wealthiest residents free tuition not only at its public community colleges, but also at public four-year institutions within the state. The new program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, doesn’t make college completely free, nor is it without significant restrictions. Still, the … Continue reading

Older Workers in UK – Workplace innovation practices

The increasing age of the working population is creating unprecedented challenges for organizations and governments. Coupled with economic and demographic changes, these challenges call for effective and efficient ways to manage an increasingly older workforce. So far, policy on developing sustainable work and retaining an increasingly ageing workforce has focused on raising the retirement age … Continue reading

Skills System in UK – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making it a world class

The majority of people who will be working in 2030 are already in the workforce, and will be untouched by the current round of educational reforms. UK employers spend less on training than other major EU economies and less than the EU average. Participation in job-related adult learning has fallen significantly in recent years, leaving … Continue reading

Older Workers in UK – Although their number in employment is rising, employment rates still drop sizeably reports says

Older workers account for a growing proportion of the UK workforce. As such, it is increasingly important to understand more about the working experiences of older individuals as well as the potential impact changes in the age composition of workplaces may have on their performance. Key findings (1) the proportion of workers aged 50 and … Continue reading

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

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