School Leavers

It's That Time Of Year - Muck Up Day

Joanne Gray | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

For many teenagers across the country, this week includes one of THE most important dates in the school calendar, Muck Up Day. For those sitting their A levels this is officially their time to let off some steam before the start of the exams, but also to celebrate the end of an era as they say a fond farewell to their school days and head off into the big wide world.

Why You Should Be Focusing on Life Experience as Well as Academiss

Matt Eastlake | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Eastlake

There's no denying the importance of trying hard at school and aiming for good grades. However, new research has shown that 60 per cent of businesses rate life experience to be just as important as a strong academic track record.

A Conveyor Belt Age? Ofsted's Apprenticeship Report and the Need for a 'Year of Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.

Giving School Leavers the Skills to Succeed

Rachel Kay | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Kay

Providing essential training in these commonly used programs can give young people a head start, and ultimately enable them to be more productive a better asset to their team and the wider organisation...

Improving School Careers Advice for Students

Pete Edge | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Schools often place such an emphasis on getting their students moved on to university that they neglect the members of each year group who either don't want to go to university or don't have the grades to do so.

Top Employers for School & College Leavers 2014-15 Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The website guide to the job market for school and college leavers, has revealed their top employers for school and college...

Realise Your Career Potential With an Apprenticeship

Steve Goldthorpe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Goldthorpe

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.

Are We Wasting Entrepreneurship Education on the Young?

Michelle Wright | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Business has called for better integration of entrepreneurial skills at all levels of education. It's a good report that suggests combining the best of Government, academia, the business community and charitable initiatives to achieve a coordinated programme.

Everyone's Free (To Spend Time Figuring Out Their Career)

Jameela Jamil | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.

The University Challenge: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Holly Whittaker | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whittaker

Whether you decide to go to university or not: you will have fun, you will meet people and make friends, and you will learn. Just make sure it is on your terms - and know that you do have the support around you, whatever you decide.

Taking the First Step in the Right Direction

Jameela Jamil | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jameela Jamil

In the last month we have heard the news that youth unemployment fell by around 20,000 in the three months up to May. There is clearly a long way to go but people seem to be feeling a bit more optimistic about the job market for the first time in years. It feels great to know that more people are finding work and gaining the experience, not to mention self-confidence, that they need. However, while finding a job can be a great boost, especially if someone has been struggling to gain employment, it doesn't mean that happiness automatically follows.

Parental Preconceptions Hamper Apprenticeship Aspirations

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Scott Paul

Our research further highlighted that outdated views are still prevalent with nearly half of parents (48 per cent) thinking that apprenticeships are geared more towards boys than girls and almost a third (32 per cent) thinking they are for less academically able young people. This is certainly not the case.

How Do I Choose The Right University? UCAS Reveals All

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Choosing the right university is never easy. Do you go for a city with good nightlife? A top institution? The best course? Luckily, we've got Sophi...

Why I Chose Learning on the Job Over Life in the Library

Priscilla Ossai | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priscilla Ossai

Just a year ago I was a Year 13 prefect studying ICT, French & Business; now my title is Apprentice Software Developer at Sky! For anyone unsure of where their career will take them, you'll be amazed at what can change in twelve months!

You're Hired! John Lewis Takes On 80 Apprentices

Charlie Thomas | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

John Lewis is taking on 80 apprentices in 2012 - and all of them will be guaranteed employment when their training is complete. The department sto...

Why All the Pressure to Go to University?

Caroline Stanbury | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Stanbury

At the end of each summer, with school leavers becoming freshers, I watch the 'university debate' with interest. More than ever, it seems that students are being encouraged to further their study and gain a degree. This is despite the reports of rising tuition fees, raging student debts and a current vacuum in the job market for graduate careers.

The Only Way is Not Uni

Daisy Leahy | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Leahy

I spent eight years training to be a professional figure skater, training with some of the top skating coaches in the UK, until one day I decided to rethink my whole career.

More Teens Dropping Out Of School

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The numbers of teenagers staying in school after age 16 has fallen for the first time in a decade, according to Government figures. At the same tim...

Will Anyone in Business Mourn the Passing of the GCSE?

Robert Downes | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Robert Downes

Let's be frank, most businesses aren't looking for new starters who have an A* GCSE in 'global citizenship'. They need work ready employees who can write a properly punctuated sentence, free from spelling mistakes, and one who's mentally able to work out a simple maths problem.

Employers Forced To Educate 'Inadequate' School Leavers

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Many UK employers are still being forced to lay on remedial lessons for school leavers in reading, writing and maths, according to new research. An...

Too Many Children Leave School Without Maths Skills for Life

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Too much teaching is seen as getting students through tests rather than giving them a real understanding of what maths is about and so preparing them for the next stage of education, work and life. Teachers have become more aware of the need to improve students' problem-solving and investigative skills, but rarely integrate that into the way children learn.

From Saatchi To Spotify - Media Giants Give School-Leavers A Chance

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

School-leavers are being offered the chance to work for the company of their dreams as 100 media giants combine forces to offer hundreds of jobs to un...

Lack of Career Guidance is Hampering Young People’s Future Prospects

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Scott Paul

Record high youth unemployment statistics have sparked much debate about education today. Universities, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships have been making headlines, with much discussion about their value and the role they play in our society. It's a minefield of confusing and contradictory messages for school leavers and their parents.

School leavers Better Workers Than Graduates

PA | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK

One in five employers believe school-leavers make better workers than university graduates, according to new research. A survey among 1,000 firms b...

A-level Students 'Face More Tests Than Overseas Peers'

PA | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A-level students face more tests and less coursework than their peers overseas, the head of the exams regulator has suggested. The current qualific...