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A round up of bites from in and around the world of graduate and early-years talent.

Tulip Ltd celebrates ten years of graduate programme

Tulip Ltd, Britain’s largest pig farmer and producer of pork, celebrated ten years of its graduate programme last week and unveiled plans to reshape the scheme for 2019.

The celebrations brought together 26 employees who joined the company through the graduate scheme, as well as members of Tulip’s Leadership Team and the HR department, to celebrate this milestone.

To mark a decade developing young talent, Tulip will be reshaping its scheme for 2019’s admissions, evolving its graduate proposition to ensure it is recruiting and growing the best team available. Since 2008, Tulip has brought in 85 graduates through its two-year ‘Management Development’ programme, across a number of sectors including commercial, customer insight, HR, new product development, operations and agriculture.

Nicky Taylor, Head of Leadership and Talent Development, Tulip, said: “We’re really proud of our graduate scheme and believe that our graduates help shape the company. We already offer the chance for employees to experience different business situations within a variety of disciplines, allowing them to develop a wide skill set and pool of knowledge, and we’re looking forward to evolving our proposition further to ensure we attract and create the best talent possible.”

Over a third of graduates have regrets about their degree

New research from CV-Library reveals that over a third (34.7%) of graduates actually have regrets about their degree. Over half (53.9%) say that their current job isn’t even related to their chosen subject.

The survey of 1,100 UK workers asked professionals how they felt about university degrees and whether they were valuable in the world of work. The findings reveal that the majority (87.5%) of professionals think that experience is more important than a degree for landing a job. Professionals then listed the reasons why they believe experience is more valuable:

  • It gives you experience in a professional workplace - 50.4%
  • It can equip you with useful skills - 18.7%
  • It can make up for your lack of qualifications - 16.6%
  • It can help you to stand out from the competition - 12.2%
  • It means you’ll gain a higher salary, quicker  – 6.1%

The research also asked professionals who didn’t go to university if they would consider studying for a degree: over half (59.3%) of workers said they would like to gain one, suggesting that university is still a desirable option.

Europa Air’s three youngest employees flying high

Leading logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group’s Air & Sea division is celebrating the successful training of three young employees who were hired as part of a challenging apprenticeship-style programme.

Rosie Darbon, 21, Sophie Purdey and Josa Albert, both 20, joined the company last summer as trainees with no experience in the airfreight industry. After working their way through a year-long training programme, they are now Air Import and Export Operatives.

Their progress has been monitored throughout the training with set Key Performance Indicators to hit. As well as learning on the job, they attend weekly classroom sessions to learn the basics of the Airfreight industry with different topics covered each week.

In a similar vein to training these three new starters in the Air division, Europa’s Road division has recently launched a tailored ‘Rapid Career Development Programme’, which provides a unique opportunity for school leavers who have decided university is not the route for them. It’s geared towards attracting the brightest and the best future Road Account Managers – with a four-year plan that leads to a competitive salary, company car and bonus system.

Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air & sea and warehouse operator which employs more than 750 staff across 11 sites in the UK and Hong Kong.

New co-chair of Apprenticeship Delivery Board is appointed

Appointed for her continued support and commitment to the promotion of apprenticeships, Claire Paul joins fellow Apprenticeship Delivery Board members from across a variety of sectors and industry. ADB members advise on expanding apprenticeships nationally and support the benefits that apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

Claire was appointed co-chair by Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeship and Skills. She will jointly oversee board meetings for members in their endeavour to increase the number of high quality apprenticeship places that employers offer, in both the public and private sector. This involves encouraging existing employers to expand their apprenticeship programmes to fit their skills needs and new employers to consider delivering apprenticeships for the first time.

Claire Paul said: “Being recognised for my contribution as an ADB member by being asked to co-chair the board is a huge honour and a role I am fully committed to. The work of the ADB is so important. As members, we often link directly with decision makers and are able to support the growth of high quality apprenticeships which underpin employers’ skills needs. As a board, we are passionate about championing and celebrating the many benefits of hiring apprentices.

“Apprentices bring new skills to the workplace and enable employers to develop the skills they need – so they are a win-win for employers and apprentices alike. I am an avid supporter of apprenticeships and, as an apprentice employer, see clearly the impact they have and I am thrilled to be working closely with Trudy and continuing to be part of the ADB, as co-chair.”

The ADB board reports directly to the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP, and works with the National Apprenticeship Service and the Institute of Apprenticeships to stimulate interest in, and take up of, apprenticeships in England.

Students can now see new average earnings data on Unistats

This is the first time detailed subject level data has been made available publicly. This means that data is being shown for French specifically, for example, rather than grouping together earnings for all language subjects.

The new data from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset links student data with data from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions to create an extensive dataset of graduates working or claiming benefits in the UK.

The Unistats site draws on this to provide subject-level earnings data for almost 500,000 graduates from English universities and colleges three years after graduating. So now prospective students can see within the subject group Engineering and Technology graduate earnings resulting from studying civil, aerospace and maritime courses.

Access to the dataset allows the OfS to publish data at a more detailed level than is available elsewhere. Before LEO, data for each subject was based on fewer than 40,000 responses from a sample of graduates and only available at a national level.

The addition of the LEO data to Unistats is an important step in providing better information about higher education outcomes. The OfS, with its partners, will build on this with further work on how to make clear the information on graduate earnings, using both LEO data and responses from the new Graduate Outcomes Survey when this becomes available in 2020.

Evening Standard teams up with PA to launch journalism apprenticeships

The Evening Standard, The Independent and Press Association have launched a journalism apprenticeship scheme to bring diversity to its newsrooms.

Two apprentices will be trained up over two years, gain on-the-job experience in the three newsrooms and take the NCTJ diploma course, an essential journalism qualification, at PA’s training centre. The initiative builds on a similar Evening Standard and Independent scheme which led to four apprentices passing the NCTJ and becoming embedded in the titles. The media outlets are particularly keen to recruit from a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds. 

The Evening Standard and Independent group (ESI Media) Group Managing Editor Doug Wills said: “Our previous apprentices excelled on the NCTJ course and in the editorial teams they joined. We have been proud of their contribution to the titles.” 

This year, PA celebrates its 150th anniversary as the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. 

PA editor-in-chief, Pete Clifton, said: “We look forward to giving the apprentices a rich and rewarding experience over the next two years. This scheme creates routes into journalism for promising candidates who might not have considered it a career option. It’s more important than ever that newsrooms reflect the communities they cover.”

Encore Personnel introduce new e-grads scheme

National recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has introduced its brand-new e-grads (Encore Graduates in Recruitment Are Destined for Success) scheme, in a bid to encourage graduates and fresh talent into the exciting and fast-paced world of recruitment.

An annual report by High Fliers Research has revealed that graduate employment was substantially lower than expected in 2017 and many private sector companies are cutting graduate recruitment by more than 10% in 2018. With a vast number of students set to enter the job market in June, Encore wants to change these statistics, highlighting recruitment as a rewarding and aspirational career opportunity.

Encore, which has 10 branches across the UK, introduced the e-grads scheme in June for new recruits. The scheme will include extensive internal training and a dedicated career development plan, which will foster the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a career in recruitment.

DAS Law launches new Graduate Academy for law students

The academy, which begins in September, is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in law without the uncertainties of securing a formal training contract.

On completion of the course, graduates will become qualified Chartered Legal Executives with the opportunity to join one of DAS Law’s core departments - Litigation, Employment, Legal Advice or Personal Injury (PI).

The academy will utilise funding from the Government’s Apprenticeship scheme and supersedes DAS Law’s previous Graduate Academy which was launched in 2016 and was a two-year course focussing solely on PI.

Universities Minister launches open data competition

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a £125,000 competition for tech companies and coders to develop new digital tools to help students pick the university course that is best for them.

The new tools will help level the playing field between applicants, giving all students access to evidence on earnings and employment outcomes from different degrees.

Recent research published by the Government has shown that what students study and where really matters to their future life chances. In many other areas of life, from utility bills to hospital care, technology has put better information at our fingertips. These new tools will help enable a similar revolution in transparency in Higher Education.

The competition, which opened on 25 June, will harness the creativity, talent and ingenuity of coders and developers to design accessible digital tools, such as mobile apps, that will make it easier for young people to find out what they might earn if they choose a particular subject at a specific university.

This is part of a wider revolution in transparency in Higher Education data - the government is already publishing a wide range of data including on likely earnings and employability and teaching quality at universities, also known as TEF. Sam Gyimah now wants to make it even easier for young people to use information like this to help choose where to study.

Research published by DfE concluded that when students are choosing a university, major influences include the potential for higher future earnings. Once developed, the new digital tools will analyse public data so students and their families can more easily compare and contrast information including average salary outcomes by subject and by university at the touch of a button. The data could also be compared with other data sets, covering issues such as cost of living and travel.

Airbus invites next generation of talent to make their innovative ideas fly

Airbus has launched the sixth Fly Your Ideas competition, which invites the next generation of innovators to propose and develop original ideas for the aerospace industry. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges.
Open to university teams from across the world, including all disciplines from engineering and information technology to marketing and design, the competition is an opportunity for students to unleash their pioneering spirit, working at the cutting edge of digital technology alongside industry experts. Airbus is seeking ideas that could change aerospace in the decades to come and create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world. Since the competition launched in 2008, over 20,000 students from more than 650 universities in over 100 countries have been involved, with this edition expected to be the most exciting yet.
Teams entering Fly Your Ideas go through three competition rounds, with progression to each round presenting an opportunity to further develop their concepts with support from Airbus specialists and mentors. As well as joining Airbus on site to further develop their ideas, up to six finalist teams will compete to share a prize fund of € 45,000 and the chance to take their idea forward within the industry.


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

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