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Skills needs must now drive reforms for apprentices

Three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, but 61 per cent fear that there will be a lack of sufficiently skilled people to fill them, according to the 2017 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey. The survey of 344 companies highlighted that 62 per cent see strong…

Assaults on teachers lead to nearly 50 primary school pupils a day to be suspended

Nearly 50 primary school pupils a day are suspended for assaulting teachers, it has been revealed. Department for Education figures show that children aged five to 11 were suspended over 9,000 times for assault against an adult in 2012/13, up 5 per cent from 2011/12. The total number of suspensions in state primary schools rose…

Schools and Universities have “lost the plot” in preparing young people for work

Many entrepreneurs and business people are getting increasingly critical of the education system as many young people are leaving school lacking the skills needed for work. “There are over one million young unemployed in this country and they are becoming totally demoralised by the job market. They have to be given confidence in the training…

Students must make themselves attractive to future employers

Students are leaving secondary and tertiary education without the necessary skills or understanding of how to articulate their skills and make themselves attractive to future employers say education HR specialists SYLO Associates. As the post-education job market becomes increasingly competitive, SYLO Associates argue that students are leaving education unprepared for the real world of job…

Major IT businesses head into schools to stem the digital skills shortage

One of the world’s largest technology companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has joined forces with Marks & Spencer (M&S) and STEMNET to bring IT role models from industry into UK schools and get more students inspired about computing. Using ‘ambassadors’ from the computing profession in this way has been shown to make pupils over 90% more interested…

Growing skills mismatches can’t be addressed by schools and qualifications alone

The pace of change in modern business and industry is driving a growing mismatch between the skills businesses need and those they find readily available in the labour market. Education and qualifications cannot be expected to keep pace with this rate of change, creating a challenge and an opportunity to be seized by the learning…

Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

The unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards at a large independent school in Dorset led to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres, Dorchester Crown Court heard 13th July. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company responsible for the refurbishment project, after an investigation found…

Internship opportunities to be opened up to all

More than 100 companies have signed up to Nick Clegg’s social mobility strategy and pledged to take concrete steps to open up work experience opportunities to young people from all backgrounds. Signatories to the Government’s so-called ‘Business Compact’ include nearly 20 financial services companies such as Barclays and HSBC, 10 high street retailers including Tesco…