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24th: Companies should ignore unpaid
internships and degree classifications
Companies should ignore unpaid internships and degree
classifications during the recruitment process to create a "level
playing field". The study by the Association of Graduate
Recruiters and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
found that employers may be discriminating against disadvantaged
23rd: Free tickets for Digital Summer
Camp for Inspiring the Future schools
Free tickets for Inspiring the Future
schools to London's biggest digital day trip on 12 July packed full
of interactive workshops and exhibitors at Digital Summer Camp
based at Hackney Community College. Please book
your groups in by going to their tickets
page and entering the discount voucher
Digital Summer Camp students will learn in
interactive workshops from the best programmers and digital
experts raising digital skills, ambitions and inspiring the
next-generation of digital leaders.
21st: Calls for FE teachers to do 'work
group advising Labour is calling for a tougher line on teaching
standards in further education colleges. Chuka Umunna, shadow
business secretary, emphasised the need to integrate colleges with
the "world of work, business and industry".
calls for further education teachers to carry out their own form of
work experience each year, "gaining first-hand experience in the
workplace so teaching can be better aligned to business
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22596033
16th: Germany leads the way
in attitudes to careers
There's only one word for a trade, profession or
career in German. That covers everything from car mechanic to brain
surgeon. That word is Beruf. Its root "rufen" -
to call, the same word also implies vocation or calling, in fact it
applies to any job. Head of teaching union ASCL, Brian Lightman,
draws on his experience of living in
Read full story:
14th: Young people 10% less likely to work
Young people are 10% less likely to be in work today than
before the recession, the TUC has said ahead of official data
tomorrow that is expected to show stubbornly persistent
unemployment. Only 58% of 18-24 year olds found work
in 2013, compared with almost 65% in 2009, the unions said, leaving
a shortfall of 395,000 jobs.
13th: New free Apprenticeships resources for
people think of Sir Alan Sugar when they hear the word Apprentice
but we want to help young people understand what real
Apprenticeships are about. The National Apprenticeship Service
reports that young people are often not aware of apprentice
opportunities, so it is making new free careers information
resources available to schools and colleges through the charity,
the Education and Employers Taskforce.
which headteachers union ASCL helped to develop, include materials
designed for pupils, parents and teaching staff (lesson plans,
workbooks, brochures, posters, guides etc).
For a free pack, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0203 206 0510 by 17 May.
7th: Invitation to tender: Apprenticeship awareness-raising
Could your organisation hold a funded awareness-raising event
about apprenticeships for young people at some point over the next
We are inviting proposals from organisations interested in
delivering one or more apprenticeship awareness-raising events
aimed at 16 to 18 year olds between 1st June and 31st August 2013.
Funding available for events is between £6,000 and £10,000. There
is an opportunity to hold an event in your area.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal could you please
let me know by return email by 5pm Friday 10 May Rachel.email@example.com
The deadline for full proposals is 5pm Friday 17
Full details of this opportunity and Q&A answers
30th: Consultation on 'Future of
Apprenticeships in England'
Government has published this consultation in response to Doug
Richard's independent Review of Apprenticeships. It sets out the
long-term vision for apprenticeships, together with proposals for
achieving this. The consultation closes on 22 May.
25th: 'Employers are from Mars, young
people are from Venus'
are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young
people/jobs mismatch, this Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD) report has been published to coincide with their
Human Resource Development conference 2013.
24th: 'Govt Response to Education
Committee's careers guidance' report
Government Response to the Education Select Committee's report
on careers guidance for young people' has been published.
Inspiring the Future is mentioned as an effective way to facilitate
diverse speakers talking with young people about different career
full Government response
19th: London 2012
volunteering legacy must not 'fizzle out'
The volunteering spirit seen during the
London 2012 Olympic Games is in danger of "fizzling out", a group
of MPs has warned. The Public Accounts Committee said
the Cabinet Office needed to show it was not "missing the boat" in
securing a long lasting legacy for volunteering.
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22187333
18th: Aston Martin
'Inspires the Future' of
marks Aston Martin's Centenary year, the British sports car maker
is embarking on a programme of special events including a school
visit to William Morris Sixth Form in Hammersmith to talk with
pupils about working in the automotive industry and
apprenticeships. This visit has been arranged via free employee
volunteering initiative Inspiring the
Aston Martin's CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, who attended
the event says:"Visits like these demonstrate Aston Martin's strong
commitment to supporting young people. We provide a useful link
between schools and industry that helps to develop creativity and
support potential careers. We hope that our efforts will not only
inspire the future workforce, but will also support the UK's
competitiveness in global business."
Read the full press release and see photo from
15th: Sports psychologists to boost
class parents are hiring a Premier League sports psychologist to
boost their children's exam results.
12th: Thirteen new 'studio schools'
new 'studio schools' have been announced for England from September
next year, involving organisations as diverse as Barclays, The
National Trust, RSPCA and The National Space Centre among
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22091861
28th: Pupils win10 Downing Street
lunch in Inspiring the Future careers
pupils from Bishop Challoner School in Tower Hamlets had lunch at
10 Downing Street and the chance to quiz top civil servants
questions about government policy. The pupils won a competition at
the launch of employee volunteering in schools programme Inspiring the Future.
The challenge was to come up with the best policy questions for
professionals working in the field 'you aspire to work in
11 pupils Emmanual Falola, Ellen Frankin-Charles, Ngozi Obaze and
Kean Phillip asked questions as diverse as bank lending to SMEs,
sentencing for drugs offenses, whether the UK should stay in the EU
and investment in solar power.
School pupil, Ellen Franklin-Charles, who wants
to be a Probation Officer, asked a Ministry of Justice official
questions about comparative length of prison sentences. Afterwards
the official said this was "a great opportunity to inspire young
people for their future careers and the pupils' enthusiasm was
Photograph from the 10 Downing Street
26th: Schools told to narrow gap
between rich and poor
England will no longer be rated as "outstanding" by inspectors if
they fail to close the attainment gap between poor and affluent
children. Schools Minister David Laws said schools should not be
relying on their brightest pupils to score well in inspections and
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21931110
20th: Taskforce reception hosted by Sir
Martin Sorrell at British Museum
On 19 March
the Education and Employers Taskforce unveiled the 'Nothing in
Common' report at an evening reception hosted by Sir Martin
Sorrell, CEO WPP at the British Museum in London.
were; Joanna Mackle, Director of Public Engagement, British Museum,
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP, David Cruickshank, Chairman Deloitte
and Education & Employers Taskforce, Nick Chambers, Director,
Education & Employers Taskforce and Brian Lightman, General
Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders.
Read the 'Nothing in Common' press release
Teenage mismatched job ambitions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21762564
2013 British Museum event brochure and our previous British Musuem event
Watch our 3
minute Inspiring the Future film shown at the event:
19th: Nothing in Common: career aspirations of young
Britons mapped against labour market demand 2010-2020
A new Education and Employers Taskforce report maps the
career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers against the
projected demand for UK employment over the period
2010-2020. It shows that teenagers aspirations to have nothing
in common with projected employment demand. The report
includes full details of teenage occupational aspirations segmented
by age and by the type of school attended. It highlights the
value of employer engagement in providing young people with access
to reliable information about jobs and careers through such
interventions as www.inspiringthefuture.org.
To view the full report click here
13th: 76% recent graduates uninformed about alternatives
According to a poll of 1,774 people who graduated in the
last two years, 76% said they were not informed about the
alternatives to university before leaving school. Of these,
more than half (54%) said they would have picked an Apprenticeship
or vocational training route instead of their degree had had they
received better information.
11th: Apprenticeships forecast to
A report from the Centre for Economics and
Business Research has forecast that Apprenticeships will contribute
£3.4bn to the UK economy by 2022.
Read the press release: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/News-Media/Latest-News/Article253.aspx
'prefer university to Apprenticeships' a Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey says.
set against the backdrop of David Cameron pledging to make
apprenticeships the "new norm" for school leavers not going to
university. The prime minister wants work-based training to sit "at
the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy".
Read the full
7th: Recruiting a
Programme Director for Inspiring the
We now need a Programme Director to lead a
team to oversee the rapid and smooth expansion of the programme.
Since its launch more than half of all secondaries in England have
registered to use Inspiring the Future. The programme now needs to
target its growth, ensuring appropriate balances are in place
between demand from schools and supply of volunteers across all
local authority areas, and that volunteers from key economic
sectors and professional profiles are effectively represented. Over
the next twelve months, new activities will be added to the
Inspiring the Future menu - as well as career talks, serious
consideration is being given to using the portal to connect
employers and schools/colleges over job shadowing, reading and
number partners (primary) and workplace visits.
To see the full job
7th: Recruiting a Salesforce Systems
A rare opportunity to join one of
Britain's most innovative and high profile education charities: the
purpose of the role is to develop and manage relationships across a
range of national and local delivery partners supporting the
development of our key programme Inspiring the Future and related
Apprenticeship work streams raising awareness of, and interest, in
Apprenticeships among young people.
To see the full job description click here
4th: Employer contact boosts earning power
Young adults who took part in four or more activities
with employers while at school went on to earn an average of
£23,100 by their mid-20s. The total was £3,600-a-year more than
those who failed to capitalise on business links.
The study, by the charity the Education and Employers
Taskforce, said it underlined the value of activities such as work
experience and school visits by local companies.
1st: Pupils perform better when not
perform better in tests if they are told the exercise is to help
them learn, rather than to rank them against their classmates,
according to a new study.
28th: School governors could do better,
Ofsted head warns
Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw, says
businesses should make staff take part in running schools, and some
governors should be paid. School governors need to offer more
professional leadership he believes.
Read the full story:
Relevant research: The School
Governance Study and Governing Our
26th: MPs urged level field for post-16
being urged to level the playing field for post-16 education. Under
the current financial arrangements 6th form colleges
appear to be disadvantaged.
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21579926
8th: UK underachievement 'hot spots'
study by the University and College Union (UCU) has revealed a
"tale of two Britains", with one in four people having no
qualifications in some areas.
Read the full
7th: Postgraduate study obstacle
to social mobility
cost of postgraduate study is an extra obstacle to social mobility.
A new Sutton Trust study says if students need postgraduate
degrees for a tough jobs market, poor students should not be priced
out. "Postgraduate study is becoming increasingly the
preserve of the better off student, both from home and abroad",
concludes Sir Peter Lampl of the Sutton Trust
Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21357311
6th: Girls and science: why
gender gap exists and what to do about it
OECD study finds that 15-year-old girls outperform their male
counterparts around the world - except in the US, Britain and
Canada. The cause for poor performances is said to be
5th: Angry young men from 'squeezed
middle' lack optimism
study of youth attitudes has raised concerns about young men in the
"squeezed middle" who are deeply pessimistic about their future
chances. Among these young men - from families of skilled or
semi-skilled workers - more than two-thirds never expect to own
their own home. This identification of a
distinctive group of aggrieved young men emerged from the Youth
Matters survey, carried out for the O2 telecommunications
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20947604
4th: MPs organise a 'character and
Party Group on Social Mobility is organising a 'character and
resilience summit' to cascade confidence building techniques used
in private schools to state school students.
31st: One-in-five children
face catch-up classes in three-Rs
One-in-five school children
are to have catch-up classes in the three-Rs.
Head teachers will receive £54.5m to run booster
lessons in the first year of secondary school aimed at 11 and
12-year-olds who failed to reach the appropriate level at the end
of primary education.
30th: Recruiting a Business Development
Do you want to have an impact on the lives of young people in
the UK? Could you persuade employers from all sectors and
sizes, across the UK, to volunteer in state schools and
We're recruiting a new Business Development Manager click here for full job
29th: International lessons on
the Work Foundation has today published 'International lessons on
youth unemployment' a new report with recommendations on how the UK
can 'do better'.
28th: Ofsted chief orders report into
teaching of bright pupils
England's chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael
Wilshaw, has ordered a "landmark report" into how state schools
teach the most able students. Ofsted's head warned some pupils, who
got top marks at primary school, were not doing as well at
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21218072
28th: 60% schools plan to cut
total of 60% of secondary schools are planning to cut vocational
qualifications or have 'already done so', a new Edge Foundation
study shows. This is despite 85% of senior teachers
saying they are 'valuable' for their students.
24th: Quarter of sixth
forms & colleges 'no top grades'
Almost a quarter of England's sixth forms and
colleges did not produce any pupils with the A-level grades
sought by the most competitive universities (2As & a B),
data from 2,540 schools
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21162960
23rd: Careers services deteriorating,
services for young people in England show a "worrying
deterioration", MPs are warning. Good careers guidance has been
highlighted as important to social mobility and to tackling youth
unemployment but a report from the Education Select Committee warns
of problems with "the quality, independence and impartiality" of
current careers advice.
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21144825
Committee publishes Careers Guidance for Young People
There is an overview of the facts
extracted from written evidence formally presented to the
Education Select Committee: Careers Guidance Inquiry, produced by
Dr Deirdre Hughes, DMH Associates.
Read the overview by Dr Deirdre Hughes
22nd: £300 million wasted on courses A'
level students abandon
estimated £300 million is wasted each year on courses that A' level
students fail to complete. Better careers guidance could help young
people choose their most appropriate path.
We are delighted to start 2013
with great news about generous donations which will enable
expansion of two important programmes launched by the Education and
Employers Taskforce: Inspiring the Future and
Speakers for Schools. Two new grants, one
from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and another
from the Cabinet Office's Innovation in Giving Fund, administered
by NESTA, will enable the major expansion of Inspiring
the Future. The generous
grant from Bank of America Merrill Lynch will allow us to
continue to provide a free service to state schools and colleges in
the UK, over half of which have already registered for career
insight talks. Bank of America Merrill Lynch's
commitment to financial wellness is demonstrated through a variety
of education and employability skills programmes which, the firm
believes, are essential to achieving economic growth and building
Responding to massive demand
from schools and colleges following its launch in July 2012 - over
half of all schools in England have already registered for Inspiring the Future - we
will accelerate our work, helping employers to connect with
teaching staff to provide young people with a growing range of
opportunities to get to grips with the modern labour market and
develop the skills and awareness that employers consistently
Schools has secured funding from Andrew Law,
Chairman and Chief Executive of Caxton Associates to enable the
programme to expand its operations. Speakers for Schools
was founded by Robert Peston to provide young people at state
schools with the same access to inspirational speakers, for free,
as those in fee-paying schools. Today following Taskforce launches
in England (2011) and Scotland and Wales (2012), there are 800
speakers and 1,500 schools registered. The new
Speakers for Schools charity will continue to work closely
with the Taskforce as a sister charity and operationally, speakers
and schools should see no difference in the organisation or its
mission. Ashley Hodges will continue to lead Speakers for Schools,
but from a new office.
Read Key Dates,
Announcements and Review of 2012
Click here for higher res
printable version of 'Year in View 2012' and our plans for
14th: TV drama inspires career as
TV drama inspires
a generation to consider a career as a midwife. Ucas says
applications are up 17% this year due to the hit television
series which takes the Downton Abbey 9pm Sunday slot in the
Read the full
14th: More new graduate jobs
predicted for 2013
There will be more jobs for new
graduates in 2013, a survey of leading employers suggests.
The High Fliers study suggests that top employers plan to
hire 18,306 graduates in 2013, some 2.7% more than last
In addition employers will provide paid
work experience places for 11,387 students and new
full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20935521
8th: ICAEW urges accountants to engage
with young people
Izza, CEO of ICAEW, urges accountants everywhere to engage with
young people in state schools via the Education and Employers
Taskforce's free, national volunteering programme Inspiring the