Why We Need to Invest in Life Chances for Young Women

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Carole Easton

Last week I received an invitation to an event to celebrate an anniversary. It is 150 years since the Women's Suffrage Committee, formed by Barbara Bodichon, collected 1500 signatures on a petition for women's suffrage in 1866. This was presented to the House of Commons by John Stuart Mill, the philosopher, political economist and Member of Parliament.

Youth Unemployment: Generation Jobless

Michael Mercieca | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Mercieca

Despite improvements to the headline labour market figures over the past year, youth unemployment continues to blight the country. The youth unemploym...

Apprenticeships Can Benefit Whole Communities, Not Just Individuals

Jane Ashworth | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Jane Ashworth

Young people and employment were back on the agenda this National Apprenticeship Week. It's part of the Government's plan to make the apprenticeship status more desirable and valued as real training for real jobs, and not a cheap labour programme or a low skilled job creation scheme.

The Clock Turns Back for Young Women

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

It is crucial that we don't put the situation down to individual choice and that we take steps to convince young women that their presence is valued and respected particularly in traditionally male areas of work. Talents will go to waste without urgent action and there will be a growing lack of young people with the right skills to fill the increasing number of vacancies in industries such as ICT and engineering.

Is August Really the Silly Season?

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

It should read something like: despite working harder and being more successful at school and university women continue to lose out in the workplace. The gender pay gap remains, women are much more likely than men to be stuck in a narrow range of jobs many of which are low paid...

Most Common Job Hunting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

The latest NEET figures show that one in eight young people are still not in education, employment or training. While there are many reasons for this, often, it can be simple things during the job application process that hold young people back. LifeSkills created with Barclays is a programme that aims to help young people build their employability skills and help them when they are applying for jobs. Below are some of the most common job hunting mistakes we see and tips on how to avoid them:

Why We Ignore Gender at Our Peril When It Comes to Worklessness

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

These are complex problems that won't be fixed overnight but they can be addressed; just as long as we take gender into account. To do otherwise means that any attempts will continue to fail, and to fail young women.

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

If the Netherlands and Denmark Can Help NEET Young People, Why Can't Britain?

Graeme Cooke | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Graeme Cooke

A new 'youth allowance' should replace existing out of work benefits for 18-24 year olds and provide financial support for young people who need it, conditional on participation in purposeful training or intensive job search. Access to inactive benefits should be closed off for all but a very small minority.

A Right to a Universal Rite of Passage?

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Our society sends out confusing messages about when young people become adults, what level of responsibility they should have for themselves and what role they can play. You can smoke, join the army, leave school (this school year anyway) and have sex at 16, drive at 17 but you have to wait until 18 to drink alcohol in a pub and vote. Then you hit 21 and that still retains some significance.

Disengaged Young People Need More Than Training to Succeed - They Need Self-Belief

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lady Diana Whitmore

The latest figures on youth unemployment from the Office for National Statistics - which show the unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds is now more than double that of the wider population, with one in five young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) - paint an extremely worrying picture for today's young people, and those who work with them.

Medical Protests in Uttar Pradesh

Rita Pal | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rita Pal

Medical students in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh were expected to take to the streets in protest today, amid mounting outrage at the way state officials have replaced a national qualification with its local predecessor.

Early Intervention: Common Sense, So Why Not Common Practice?

Dan Corry | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The message from the Early Action Task Force is loud and clear: to really make expenditure sustainable, as well as create a better society, switching more spend to early action is key.

NEET: On the Scrapheap at 20?

Bansi Kara | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

There is a huge gap in government policy when it comes to slightly older NEETs. A sustainable and wide-ranging scheme to employ young people who are no longer 16 or 17 is absolutely essential. Some may argue that these schemes exist - and there are initiatives available to encourage youth employment. The problem comes when small businesses aren't kept in the loop about the schemes.

Your Middle-Class Guide to the Job Centre

Tom Davies | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Tom Davies

They say money doesn't grow on trees. Despite what they may tell you, there is actually such a thing as "free money". So, what am I talking about? I'm talking about the dole of course. Perhaps it's a little immoral seeing as you have a Porsche sitting on the driveway, but needs must right?

The 'Feral Youth' and the Self Fulfilling Prophecy

Adam McNicholas | Posted 29.10.2011 | UK Politics
Adam McNicholas

This is a Government whose legacy will not be remembered as one that delivered for the younger generation.