Making links with employers

The benefits of employer encounters have been clear for some time, yet this is one of the Gatsby benchmarks that schools tend to struggle with. According to State of the Nation 2017, only ‘37% of schools report that the overwhelming majority or all of their students have at least one meaningful encounter every year that… Read more »

Let’s show more respect for non-academic training and education

Some things in life are inevitable: swallows migrating; dodgy bank holiday weather; toast falling butter-side down. Also inevitable is the release of the A-level and GCSE results being followed by a swarm of media pundits arguing about educational standards, and schools boasting about the number of their students who have gained university places. In 2001,… Read more »

The importance of time management skills

When I worked on What Employers Want, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) provided a fund of useful information. The thirty commissioners who lead this social partnership include business leaders
 and heads of further and higher education institutions from across the UK. ‘The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) works with industry and… Read more »

What do employers really want?

When I was first writing this book, I asked employers what they wanted from young recruits to their organisations. What made them select one applicant over another?  I wanted a fresh perspective so I focused on small- to medium-size companies rather than large organisations, many of which have comprehensive recruitment schemes for young people. I… Read more »

What should work experience in schools look like in 2017?

Experience of work in schools has changed: five years ago it was all about a fixed week of work experience; today, it’s all about multiple encounters with employers. However schools decide to approach the issue, work-related experiences are essential for students’ self-awareness and understanding of the world of work. Working out what you do (or… Read more »

What does the future hold?

In January, thoughts naturally turn to the year ahead. What will the year bring? What kinds of resolutions will be made? Anyone who supports young people to make career choices has to spend a lot of time looking forwards. We might be supporting teenagers to apply to university or apprenticeships, or trying to anticipate what… Read more »