The Month in HE


Welcome to our round-up of the latest news and announcements from the world of graduate and early-years talent

Apprenticeship Levy ‘will worsen North-South divide’
London and the South East will benefit most from the Apprenticeship Levy which is due to be introduced on Friday, according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).  Read more

National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 launched
The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 have been launched, with the application site now open for entries.  Read more

‘Jargon-filled’ job descriptions prevent young people from applying for jobs
Confusing, jargon-filled job descriptions are a major barrier for young job seekers and prevent them from applying for their first roles, according to a study from Business in the Community (BITC) and the City & Guilds Group.  Read more

Leadership changes at Graduate Prospects and HECSU
Mike Hill has announced he will retire from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) and its subsidiary Graduate Prospects this summer after 17 years as chief executive. Read more

UK students show what it takes to be future business leaders
One hundred of the UK’s top university students attended the Grand Final of the ICAEW 100 at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London last week. Read more

Prospects launches guide to degree apprenticeships
Prospects has launched a guide to degree apprenticeships for employers.   Read more

AGR Development Awards 2017 winners announced
The winners of the 2017 Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Development Awards were announced yesterday at the AGR’s annual Development Conference. Read more

Schools ‘essential to closing the skills gap’
Development of soft skills must begin at school as leaving it to universities and employers is too late, according to a survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). Read more

Half of firms have hired apprentices in the past five years
Almost half of UK businesses have taken on apprentices in the past five years, highlighting the key role apprenticeships play in helping young people take their first career steps. Read more

Majority of firms say Brexit won’t affect their hiring plans
A significant majority of employers say Brexit will not impact on their recruitment plans, suggesting business confidence will be able to offset any potential labour shortages created by Britain’s departure from the European Union. Read more

Employers urged to recruit more young women
Employers have been called upon to recruit more young women, as male apprentices look set to outnumber their female counterparts for the first time in nearly a decade. Read more

Young people ‘lack basic skills for work’, employers claim
Young people are entering the workforce underprepared and lacking basic soft-skills, according to a survey of employers carried out by charity Central YMCA. Read more

Increase in volunteers supporting careers education in schools and colleges
There has been a surge in the number of people volunteering to support careers education in secondary schools and colleges, with more than half of volunteers at CEO or chair level. Read more

Jobsgopublic launches whitepaper to help with apprentice recruitment
Jobsgopublic has launched a whitepaper aimed at helping employers to recruit and train apprentices.  Read more


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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