Employability

Students Want Greater Access to Work Experience and Industry Content

Aaron Porter | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

For universities and institutions the message is even more unequivocal, greater collaboration is vital, and not only because students want it and businesses value the graduates it produces.

You're Fired! Golden Opportunity But Only for a Few

Angela Vesey | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Angela Vesey

It's National Apprenticeship Week! The popular TV programme 'The Apprentice', like it or loathe it, has probably achieved more than any campaign to raise young people's awareness of apprenticeships...

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Taxpayers, Shareholders and the Employability Gravy Train

Rob McDowall | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

For years we have been told that society protects and has a duty to protect those unable to work due to sickness or disability as it is the right and the just thing to do. That tide has well and truly turned with the coalition at the helm of the controversial welfare reform drive...

Life's Not Fair... What Are You Going to Do About It?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

It has become regular media fodder to bemoan the current employment market for young people. We rattle off the statistics with such frequency that we forget that behind each number is a fresh and eager young person seeing their future and their potential, drift further out of their grasp.

How the Olympics Helped Me Get a Job I Love

Sara Cook | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Sport
Sara Cook

When I signed up to be a Games Maker last summer, I wasn't thinking beyond the amazing opportunity to be part of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The experience has been so much more to me than a summer of great memories - it's given me the chance to earn a nationally recognised qualification, boost my employability and get back on the career ladder.

Girls Ahead Of Boys In STEM Subjects

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are outperforming boys in maths and science, but action needs to be taken to encourage more of them to study the subjects, it has been suggested...

Britain's 'Tap on the Shoulder' Hereditocracy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

There are many less well-connected students and graduates in desperate need of work experience but who can't get anything. And as can also be the case, many students are actually unaware of that employers expect experience until its too late of course.

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

Ed Pinkney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, "I've done everything that society told me to do, and I'm still not finding employment." As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that's feeling let down and unsure where to turn.

Open Letter: Why Sir David Bell is Wrong to Smack Down Employability Concerns of University Students

Brian John Spencer | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading, recently smacked down the employability demands. In a riposte he said that it was vital that academics resisted such pressure in order to protect traditional courses; adding that the demands risk undermining the intellectual integrity of degrees.

Young People Need Help to Take Charge of Their Opportunities

David Frost CBE | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
David Frost CBE

Youth unemployment, the rent crisis and all of the other consequences of the UK's current economic difficulties are complex problems that no one measure can solve. However, good work is being done across the UK to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to cope and to prosper in life.

Get Connected, Get an Internship, Get a Job

Andy Newnham | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Andy Newnham

If you're a current student or graduate you'll have access to a pretty big toolbox that can keep you connected. I'm not talking about commenting on those Facebook photos you get tagged in from terrible clubs in town - I'm talking about finding and speaking to your future employer.

Are Parents and Universities Failing Our Young People By Ignoring Social Media?

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria Tomlinson

How many parents, teachers and academics have you heard dismissing social media as ridiculous or a waste of time?

Should Teens Be Made To Study Maths Until They're 18?

PA | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teenagers should be made to study maths up to the age of 18 to improve the nation's skills in the subject, an MP said on Thursday. Elizabeth Truss ...

A Formula for Success

Caroline Jenner | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Jenner

In order to enable Europe's young people to be the agents of change and the recipients of a brighter future, we, as a community, need to do more to provide students with the skills and the motivation they need to succeed.

The New Open Networks for Policy Debate

Henneke Sharif | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Politics
Henneke Sharif

We face a set of extremely serious challenges in society - on welfare, the economy, our international standing - and a handful of organisations are busy creating a quiet revolution by bringing together a group of fresh faces to forge new relationships and come up with new solutions.

University: All About the Grades?

Priya Mahida | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Mahida

Take advantage of the opportunities, gain as many transferable skills as you can and build that CV so you stand out from the millions of others in the jobs market. It will benefit you more in the future than just good grades alone

Advice for Graduates Looking for a Future

Marianne Abib-Pech | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Marianne Abib-Pech

How do you help your job seeking daughter? Go back in time and guide her, influence her taste, expose her to cultural difference, enroll her in music classes, literary salons, open her brain and build her knowledge. Think about the concept of the Renaissance man. When the time comes, help her make the right choice over and over again.