Tags: school leavers

Elizabeth Hunt: “So what’s an apprenticeship?!”

The school leaver market is evolving. With the government committed to delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020 and a record number of 872,000 enrolled apprentices in the UK right now, training schemes are offering school leavers the opportunity to enter sectors that were once reserved for university graduates only. The challenge is ensuring those who…

88% of businesses believe school leavers are unprepared for the world of work

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Thursday) published findings from its Workforce Survey, Developing the Talents of the Next Generation. Results from the survey show that businesses overwhelmingly feel that many young people are not adequately prepared for the workplace upon leaving the education system. Findings from the survey of almost 3,000 companies…

Employer bodies welcome Technical Baccalaureates for school leavers

Labour says qualification will help ‘forgotten 50 per cent’ not at university A new Technical Baccalaureate aimed at 18-year-olds has been proposed by Labour leader Ed Miliband. The qualification – to be known as a Tech Bacc – would transform the prospects of the “forgotten 50 per cent” of school leavers who do not go…

Applications to PwC A Level schemes five times higher since start of recession

Interest in school leaver entry schemes at professional services firm PwC has risen to five times the levels experienced pre-recession, as school and college leavers consider a wider range of options after their A Level exams. PwC received 2,352 applications for 100 school and college leaver vacancies in its assurance, tax and consulting practices, which…

Reducing the most long-term scarring effects of youth unemployment

Targeting effective support at NEETs with low qualifications offers the best chances of reducing the most long-term scarring effects of youth unemployment, says CIPD. The government is right to target support at the hardest-to-reach amongst the young unemployed – 16 to 17 year old NEETs with poor qualifications – as these are the people most…

One in five firms prefer school-leavers to graduates

The Daily Telegraph reported on a survey by recruitment giant Adecco, which has found that one in three of the 1,000 firms surveyed believed that the education system was failing to equip young people with the skills required by British businesses. Newcomers to the world of work were found to be most lacking in interpersonal…