June 16, 2015

The Maths We Need in Work

June 16, 2015

During work hours, as outside, you need a number of core skills to be productive and happy. Many are commonly talked about in the UK – communication, effective teamwork and good writing skills. The role of maths is often not well discussed. GCSE Maths is a brand – you are more likely to be hired if […]

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March 27, 2015

How much does it cost a country to engage employers in education? One assessment

March 27, 2015

It is an unusual industry, employer engagement in education.  It depends on hundreds of thousands of individual employers and employees taking time out of working days to provide help to schools and colleges, teachers and young people.  They offer work experience placements, provide careers talks, participate in mentoring, enterprise activities and reading and numeracy programmes, […]

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March 6, 2015

Schools engaging with employers to fulfil statutory requirements in career guidance for KS3: opportunities and pitfalls

March 6, 2015

The Education Act 2011 handed over responsibility for the provision of careers guidance in England to schools. Schools are now required to provide ‘independent’ and ‘impartial’ career guidance to all pupils from year 8 upwards. In the past, careers work was the responsibility of local authority funded Careers Services, and from 2001-11, of Connexions, the […]

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March 5, 2015

Girls, boys and career expectations

March 5, 2015

Given what we know about 15-year-olds’ performance in school, who do you think is well-prepared to look for a job or continued studies after compulsory education ends: girls or boys? A new PISA study, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence has an alarming answer to this question: neither. In a rare, […]

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January 16, 2015

Survey for Young People

January 16, 2015

Since the launch of Inspiring the Future in July 2012, more than 7,500 teachers at state schools and colleges across the United Kingdom have registered on the system. Together they’ve sent nearly 70,000 invitations to Inspiring the Future volunteers and thousands of employee volunteers have gone into schools to talk about their jobs and careers and help […]

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October 15, 2014

Primary Futures: The future is bright

October 15, 2014

At age 5, what did you want to be when you grew up? I briefly wanted to be a firefighter following a visit from a fire crew to my primary school, made even more exciting by the fact that they were called out to an emergency during the visit and nearly drove off with a […]

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October 14, 2014

Back in Australia, thinking about the future

October 14, 2014

Employer engagement in education is a subject of increasing fascination across the globe. Over many decades now, governments around the world have worked to close the gap between the classroom and workplace with the ambition of improving educational and employment outcomes for young people. International practice varies considerably, but that does not mean that there […]

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July 18, 2014

Academies, American style

July 18, 2014

The annual conference of the National Academies Foundation is big: 1,400 people from schools and employers from across the United States, all engaged in some way or another with the now 565 different US Career Academies which serve over 70,000 young people. The US Career Academies model is especially important to people with an interest […]

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July 9, 2014

OECD Financial Literacy briefing

July 9, 2014

On Tuesday 8th July the Education and Employers Taskforce and the Financial Times hosted a thought-provoking briefing by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Education, on the OECD’s first international assessment of the financial literacy of 15 year old students. John Riddings, Managing Director of the Financial Times Group, introduced Andreas who […]

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