Education - further and higher

Employers commonly bemoan the further and higher 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 further and higher education, such as university students, to prepare for the challenges that starting work will bring.


One in four firms face shortage in basic digital skills

A report has identified a significant gap in digital skills capabilities and employers' demand for them,

Social mobility: Why the data shows it works

17 Feb 2021

Many organisations still recruit based on educational background based on assumptions around prestige and performance. But the data suggests a different story.

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Imperial College top executives under scrutiny for bullying

15 Feb 2021

Two university leaders are under formal investigation by the Office for Students after accusations of bullying staff.
Alice Gast, president...

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Students opt for technology and business over arts subjects

4 Feb 2021

Computing, medicine and engineering subjects continue to gain popularity for students, university entry figures have revealed.

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Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemic

4 Dec 2020

There were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up...

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Collapse in internships ‘worrying’ for talent pipeline

11 Nov 2020

The number of graduate jobs available have fallen this year, but a dramatic reduction in the number of work experience...

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‘Employer hubs’ at colleges could help meet skills needs

29 Oct 2020

The UK’s skills gap could be tackled by creating sector specialist ‘employer hubs’ at local colleges.

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HR in universities: ‘One day is never the same as the next’

21 Oct 2020

Joanne Marshall has recently become the chair of Universities Human Resources, a body that supports people professionals across the higher...

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University workers’ job fears over Covid-19 exposure

28 Sep 2020

Academic staff on precarious contracts fear they could lose their jobs if they refuse to teach at university face to face.

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Is the graduate jobs market as bleak as the headlines suggest?

4 Sep 2020

The class of 2020 is facing one of the most challenging jobs markets ever experienced, with reports suggesting graduate schemes...

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Apprenticeship providers “on brink of collapse”

1 Apr 2020

Private apprenticeship training providers are “on the brink of collapse” after failing to secure financial support from the Department for...

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Budget 2020: Seven things employers may have missed

12 Mar 2020

Given the covid-19 coronavirus has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement...

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Russell Group graduates less likely to need work experience

10 Mar 2020

Eighty-three percent of recent non-Russell Group graduates would not have been able to secure a graduate role without an internship,...

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Points-based immigration scheme shuts out low-skilled workers

19 Feb 2020

Low-skilled workers would not get a visa under the government’s proposed points-based immigration scheme, details of which have been published...

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North East ‘most pessimistic’ about future prospects

21 Jan 2020

People in the North East of England are the most pessimistic about their futures, with less a third of people...

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