NEWS - EDUCATION & CAREERS
A new report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) states that England’s small businesses have the ability to double the number of apprentices they hire to more than two million. This will be possible only if the Government offers more attractive incentives and support packages.
The report stated that it was necessary to bring in apprenticeship reform if small businesses in England are to achieve the target of three million apprentices by 2020. This target has been set by the Government.Read more >>
The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) and business learning platform Thought Industries will be providing free training and professional development opportunities through a new online skills hub.
This partnership comes after the IPG's Independent Publishing Report showed that members were most concerned about training and professional development.Read more >>
Accountancy firm KPMG is moving on from its multistage interview process after research showed that graduates are frustrated by lengthy interview processes.
The company made the decision after collaborating with market research company High Fliers Research to survey over 400 people who have recently graduated from university.Read more >>
Nearly half of young people aged 18 to 24 have said that having a good work-life balance is their main career goal.
Research from recruitment website Reed showed that 40 per cent of young people want an employer that will provide them with a career and help them to build up their own family.Read more >>
UKFast will soon be launching a series of in-house digital workshops to combat the digital skills gap.
The company will use the workshops to help teachers and collaborators to gain industry skills and qualifications that can be passed on to the younger generation.Read more >>
The majority of British people would choose to be in work even if they did not need the money, according to the British Social Attitudes survey.
The survey found that many Britons are happy to be in work, with over 60 per cent saying that they would like to take on a job that they enjoyed doing rather than staying at home, despite being stressed as a result of working longer hours.Read more >>
More companies are using apprenticeships to plug the digital skills gap, according to a survey from Tech Partnership.
Research from the cyber skills charity showed that there is a growing demand for digital skills, with companies struggling to fill tech and digital roles.Read more >>
Digital skills will be made a core subject under a new government plan. The Department of Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have announced the Post-16 Skills Plan, which aims to provide young people with digital skills needed for the workplace.
Under the new plan, post-GCSE students will have the option of learning digital skills through a technical pathway or through an academic pathway.Read more >>
An apprenticeship programme has provided support for 2941 businesses, helping them to create 2367 apprenticeships.
The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was first launched in January 2013 to encourage businesses to provide apprenticeships for young people.Read more >>
Amazon plans to create 1000 permanent jobs across the UK in addition to 2500 jobs announced earlier this year, which will bring its total number of UK employees to 15,500 by the end of 2016.
The company will be offering a wide range of roles at its head office, R&D centres and fulfilment centres, with the jobs being spread across London, Manchester, Cambridge, Leicestershire and Edinburgh.Read more >>
According to the Education Committee, young people need to be equipped with the right skills to prepare them for work.
MPs have voiced their concerns over the lack of adequate careers advice being delivered in schools, warning that it could be contributing to the UK’s skills crisis.Read more >>
A tech business is helping to bridge the digital skills gap by taking part in Tech Week, a national programme created by The Tech Partnership.
The Emerald Group, which is based in Warwickshire, will be joining a number of businesses to provide opportunities for young people to gain first-hand work experience.Read more >>
Mobile phone provider O2 has announced that it is currently looking for over 30 new apprentices to take part in the company’s apprenticeship programme.
The company has expanded its apprenticeship programme to provide more job opportunities for young people and help them to develop their skills.
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A record number of the UK’s new graduates are in work or further study, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The HESA’s employment data showed that whilst the number of university leavers going into work or choosing to study further has hit a record high, many are also taking on jobs unrelated to their course.Read more >>
Several of the UK’s major banks have announced that they will be keeping jobs in Britain following the result of the EU referendum.
Though many banks originally announced that they would be relocating to the EU if the UK voted to leave the EU, they have now said that they will not be scaling back in the UK.Read more >>
London is facing competition to hold onto its technology graduates, according to research from LinkedIn.
The research, which has been released during London Technology Week, showed that the city’s graduates are being snapped up by tech hub rivals from the UK and Europe.Read more >>
More Brits are turning to online learning sites to develop new skills, according to research from Hitwise.
Figures released by the company showed that over 4 million people in Britain searched “how to” queries in the first quarter of 2016, whilst 1.3 million Brits visited a learning site over the same period.Read more >>
Employers in the UK are working together to provide apprenticeships for young people under a new initiative called the Digital Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group.
The group has already collaborated over the past few years to develop digital and tech apprenticeships for areas such as digital marketing, data analytics, and software development as part of the Government’s Trailblazer scheme.Read more >>
Uni-hood is to launch a business club for young people. The company will be launching The Entrepreneurs Club to help young people develop the skills they need in order to set up their own business.
The project will provide young people with the opportunity to receive mentoring from a group of successful businessmen and businesswomen.Read more >>
Employers in the UK are overlooking the financial well-being of their staff, according to the Close Brothers Asset Management Business Barometer.
The research, which surveyed nearly 900 employers across the UK, found that nearly half of employers have no financial well-being strategy in place.Read more >>
SME employers are focusing less on age and academic achievement and are instead searching for candidates with soft skills gained through hands-on experience, according to eBay’s Soft Skills Index.
The index, which was published in partnership with YouGov, found that over half of SME employers value hands-on experience above anything else, whilst seven in ten recruiters believe that having soft skills is more important than having a degree.Read more >>
The majority of British workers feel confident about their skills, according to The City & Guilds Group’s first Skills Confidence Report.
The report, which surveyed 8,000 works from the UK, US, South Africa and India, found that British workers do not feel threatened by the expected rise in automation and artificial intelligence.
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Cyber security is an “excellent career choice” for developing technical and business skills, according to ISACA.
ISACA’s 2016 Cyber Security Perceptions study looked at the perceptions of cyber security as a career and explored cyber security awareness in organisations.Read more >>
The 100 companies that were voted the top UK employers in a nationwide survey were revealed at London’s City Hall on Sunday.
The results were announced as part of the AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk’s Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers 2016 awards ceremony, with categories including training, company culture and career development.Read more >>
Jobs in the finance and accounting sector continued to rise in the first quarter, according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The research showed that vacancies continued to increase by 10.2 per cent year-on-year in the months leading up to March, despite warnings that a Brexit could result in thousands of job losses in the sector.Read more >>