DfE: where next for careers education and guidance?

Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has been speaking at recent events about the DfE’s plans for the future of careers education and guidance. His speech to the Westminster Employment Forum on the 3rd December included some of the following key points: I am pleased that my presence here today reflects the Department for Education’s… Read more »

Ofsted report on apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity

Ofsted’s new report finds that not enough apprenticeships are providing advanced, professional skills in the sectors that need them most. Here’s a summary of the key findings: The quality of the apprenticeship provision was too variable and often poor. The growth in apprenticeships in the last eight years has not focused sufficiently on the sectors with skills… Read more »

New DfE careers guidance and inspiration for schools

In March 2015, the Department for Education published new guidance for schools on CEIAG. The statutory guidance outlines why schools (and local authorities that maintain pupil referral units) must secure independent careers guidance for young people, what they must do to comply with their legal responsibilities in this area and the role of the governing… Read more »

Sheffield council’s groundbreaking jobs scheme keeps graduates in the city

Sheffield Council have spent the last 2 years running a scheme that matches graduates with jobs, part of the city’s attempt to transform itself into a high-skill, high productivity local economy. The scheme has ensured that more than 100 graduates have ended up in high-skilled jobs with smaller employers, with other cities looking to follow suit…. Read more »

Strong personal traits are key to securing top jobs, study finds

A new study reveals that bright children who lack grit and resilience are more likely to end up with worse jobs and lower salaries than their classmates with good social and emotional skills. The research called for schools to put more focus on improving personal traits, finding that character boosted poorer children’s chances of going on… Read more »

Teachers are a crucial part of careers advice, says Teach First

Educational charity Teach First is calling for teachers to be put at the heart of careers education in schools to prepare pupils for work, ensuring that they receive the guidance and motivation needed to lead them towards a successful career. Its report, Careers Education in the Classroom, also calls on the government’s new careers and enterprise… Read more »

Girl Geeks launches its first UK campus to bridge gender gap in STEM skills

A national programme to support female STEM (science , technology, engineering and maths) students has been launched at Newcastle and Northumbria universities. Girl Geeks aims to inspire, inform and support more women to pursue STEM careers, providing inspiration, role models and opportunities to foster industry connections and pursue careers in relevant sectors. It’s intended that… Read more »

Study shows students are subjected to unfair course changes

The consumer group Which has uncovered that some UK students are subjected to unfair changes to courses. Which issued Freedom of Information requests to 141 UK universities for documents setting out their right to vary courses after enrolment. Of the 131 who responded, 40 were considered to be engaging in bad practice while a further eight… Read more »

Latest UCAS data reveals record level gender gap in university admissions

The 2014 admissions data from UCAS shows that women entering university outnumbered men by record levels last year, with female applicants dominating entrance to medicine, law and biology undergraduate degrees. The data also revealed record numbers of acceptances for disabled students and Asian and black ethnic groups, with a falling volume of students from independent schools. Women have… Read more »