June 6, 2011

Charity warns of need to “promote employability in higher education”

June 6, 2011

Universities should offer courses in communication, problem solving, presentation skills and customer relations to get students ready for full-time employment, claims a study by charity Edge. Edge warns of a systematic failure to “promote employability across higher education”, meaning a “notable majority” of graduates were unable to function in the workplace. Universities were also advised […]

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June 6, 2011

Importance of vocational learning stressed by government advisor

June 6, 2011

At least 40% of teenagers should be required to do apprenticeship-style qualifications that lead directly to a job at the age of 16, a leading education expert has said. Tim Oates, director of research at the Cambridge Assessment exam board, said the move would cut the youth unemployment rate and boost economic competitiveness. Read the […]

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June 1, 2011

A city of children who cannot read

June 1, 2011

London is in the grip of a literacy crisis with one in four children practically illiterate on leaving primary school. The London Evening Standard highlights the issue in the capital. Read the full Evening Standard story. What can be done to help schools, young people and parents? New research shows that employee volunteering improves reading. […]

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May 26, 2011

Latest issue of Taskforce News

May 26, 2011

This edition covers the launch of the Inspiring the Future campaign to get 100,000 people to volunteer in education to give insights into careers, an update on Robert Peston’s Speakers for Schools, the Taskforce’s academic research conference at Warwick University, the launch of BIS’s Enterprise Champions Programme and plans to recruit more school governors from […]

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May 25, 2011

The Wolf Report – perspectives from Europe

May 25, 2011

Dr Andrew McCoshan’s The Wolf Report – perspectives from Europe PowerPoint presentation and audio recording are available to download. The Wolf Report puts forward radical proposals for vocational education and training in England. Her analysis proposes that there should be a heavier emphasis on work related learning and work based learning at 16-18, rather than […]

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May 24, 2011

Internships sold to highest bidder

May 24, 2011

Demand for internships shows no sign of easing and now the pressure to bag a career-boosting placement is leading students not just to work for free, but to pay for the privilege. Read the full Guardian story.

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May 24, 2011

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

May 24, 2011

Companies of all sizes and sectors from across the UK are invited to enter the competition for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which is the UK’s highest accolade for business success. A total of 156 Queen’s Awards have been announced in 2011, with 102 companies winning awards for international trade, 44 for innovation and 10 […]

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May 23, 2011

Perks for those who volunteer

May 23, 2011

People who give time to help their communities will be given discounts on shopping, cheap swimming sessions and free theatre tickets as part of a major relaunch of the Government’s Big Society project. Read the full Independent story. The Cabinet Office’s Giving Green Paper was published in October 2010. It aimed to spark ideas about […]

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