Education - school

Employers commonly bemoan the education system’s failure to prepare young people with the skills and attributes they need to succeed in the world of work. Work experience is one of the best ways for young people still at school to prepare for the challenges that starting work will bring.


apprenticeships and skills

Apprenticeships and skills now fall under Department for Education

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been split up and the Government’s skills and apprenticeship policy will...

Young people could be missing out on valuable work experience.

Students shun Saturday jobs in favour of studies

16 Jun 2015

The number of young people working part-time while studying has halved, according to a report released today by UK Commission...

Continue Reading
young-people-and-work

Employers want more support to get young people ready for work

2 Jul 2014

Almost nine in 10 employers feel that school leavers are not ready for work at the age of 16 –...

Continue Reading
REX/Geoffrey Robinson

NEET numbers at record low, according to government figures

25 Jun 2014

New statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) show that the number of young people not in education, employment or...

Continue Reading
wpid-school-leavers.jpg

After A-levels: can we get over the careers advice gap?

20 Aug 2013

The British Chambers of Commerce has argued that the Government places too much emphasis on exams. OOP’s COO Betsy Kendall...

Continue Reading

There’s more to interns than cheap labour

18 Jul 2011

Recent headlines have focused on the ethical controversy surrounding internships; not only the nepotism involved in obtaining an internship in...

Continue Reading

Legal opinion: Internships – cheap labour or career opportunity?

14 Jun 2011

On 12 May 2011, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) claimed its first victory in its “cashback for interns” campaign...

Continue Reading

Small business crowned overall winner at National Council for Work Experience Awards

24 Mar 2011

A student development programme in Crawley, Champions Life Academy, has scooped top prize at the National Council for Work Experience...

Continue Reading

The value of experience and internships

2 Mar 2011

With youth unemployment soaring, the cost of attending university set to rocket and employers’ recruitment budgets hit by the recession,...

Continue Reading

National Skills Strategy backed by employers groups

18 Nov 2010

Employers’ groups have given the thumbs up to the Government’s new national skills strategy, which intends to boost the number...

Continue Reading

Lord Sugar backs apprenticeships over ‘blowing money’ on further education

15 Oct 2010

Lord Sugar has called on the Government to divert money away from training facilities to employers , so that they...

Continue Reading

School leavers want more support from employers, says report

8 Oct 2010

Employers have been urged to take a more proactive role in providing career advice for school leavers after research revealed...

Continue Reading

Head teachers sacked in record numbers

8 Mar 2010

Record numbers of head teachers lost their jobs last year due to school closures and poor exam results, according to...

Continue Reading

Tesco launches trainee management scheme for 16- to 24-year-olds

8 Feb 2010

Tesco is today set to begin a management scheme for 16-year-old school leavers that offers them an “earn-while-you-learn” alternative to...

Continue Reading

Government to tell professions to recruit more state educated people

18 Jan 2010

The government will tell employers that they must stop predominantly recruiting those who have been privately educated.Professions including medicine, finance...

Continue Reading