Apprenticeship starts increased in July – but the overall forecast isn’t so sunny

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Although the UK enjoyed some glorious weather this month, the Met Office recently predicted cooler temperatures and gloomy skies in the immediate days ahead. Given the time of year, this isn’t all that surprising, but deep down you can’t help but be disappointed: the dullness of dreary weather can cause days to blend into each … Continued

READ MORE

Alternative paths to success? The jobs landscape facing young non-graduates today

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

From photos of jumping A level students to guides to freshers’ week, at this time of year it can feel like university is the only route taken by teenagers. But in fact, fewer than half of young people follow this seemingly well-trodden path at 18. And, as this morning’s ONS publication about non-graduates’ employment patterns … Continued

READ MORE

The apprenticeship levy a year on: lessons learned

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

This piece originally appeared on tes. With today’s headlines focused on the trials and tribulations of A-level results and university acceptances, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a majority of today’s 18-year-olds proceed directly from the school gates into the halls of higher education. Of course, they do not: over half of today’s 19-year-olds are engaged … Continued

READ MORE

The story of recent apprenticeship reforms so far: a fall in quantity, but an increase in quality

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Before long the apprenticeship levy – the focus of much of the debate around post-16 education – will be a year old. Yet there’s more to the apprenticeships story than the levy. Since last April, all apprentices are required to spend at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training and they must … Continued

READ MORE

The latest data on Apprenticeship starts offers cause for hope and concern

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

This morning the Department for Education published figures outlining the number and type of apprenticeships that were commenced during the first quarter (August to October) of the 2017-18 academic year – the second quarter since the apprenticeship levy came into place last Spring.  Inevitably, much of the focus today will be on numbers: how the … Continued

READ MORE

Britain’s skills record has hindered, not helped, our productivity drive. That needs to change

Published on by

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Over the last week, we’ve heard a lot about the need to boost Britain’s productivity and how education and training can support that drive. First we had welcome new funding commitments in the Budget, then a strong skills focus in the Industrial Strategy White Paper and today we have a Skills Summit. Throughout, the Government … Continued

READ MORE