Young Perspectives on Work Experience – Dominic Jones, MYP

Work experience is vital. Not just to young people who can experience the workplace environment, figure out their career paths and learn a range of transferable skills (highlighted in the Department for Education’s Employers Perspective Survey 2016), but also to employers and institutions by helping them to understand the young people of today, look at their skill strengths and gaps along with helping them with their recruitment both now and in the future. This visionary approach is one that supporters of quality work experience from all backgrounds and sectors to ensure that young people can be successful in life-after all we are the future! Continue reading “Young Perspectives on Work Experience – Dominic Jones, MYP”

The real skills shortage in the UK

The Edge Foundations new report published today on the UK’s skills shortages shows an estimated 600,000 vacancies in digital technology are costing the country £63 billion a year[1]. 

Let that sink in a moment.

600,000 tech vacancies, but GCSE entries in IT and computing down 11% in last year – is the #EBacc costing the UK economy £63bn a year?

Latest government figures show that there are at least half-a-million young people aged 16-24 who are unemployed, and some estimates put the figure significantly higher. At the same time, businesses are clearer than ever about the scale of skills shortages now and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Brexit in causing them to grow further.

 

New research highlighted in the report from City and Guilds, suggests that nine out of ten UK employers struggle to recruit and two thirds predict that skills shortages will stay the same or get worse in the next three to five years. This is reinforced by growing proportions of manufacturing and services firms reporting recruitment difficulties in the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey.

 

techUK also highlight that there are an estimated 600,000 tech vacancies in the UK, a figure predicted to reach 1 million by 2020. Fifty-two percent of digital businesses report that vacancies are hard to fill and this is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion per year in lost additional GDP..

Olly Newton from the Edge Foundation added

‘If the government is not persuaded by the educational case for curriculum change in our schools, then the economic argument is incontestable. This report summarises the skills crisis in the tech industry and it’s not going away without some bold measures in our schools, colleges, universities and workplaces.’

Read the full report here

Collaborating “Subjects in the City”

Local Education Business Partnerships (EBPs) play a key role in bringing together schools, businesses and community organisations in local areas and supporting tens of thousands of pupils every year to develop their employability skills and drive up their aspirations. Some EBPs are coordinated by the borough, and others are independent bodies that work in partnership with their local council.

 

Subjects in the City was an innovative project which aimed to bring together City business and teachers from local schools to enrich the curriculum across a range of areas. Continue reading “Collaborating “Subjects in the City””

Lessons from Belgium

B&E Together Ltd helped organise a Belgium mobility experience for students of Dearne Valley College at CVO Heusden- Zolder.  B&E thanked the team at CVO Heusden Zolder for their commitment to the development and training of Young People from the UK. The students were committed and enthusiastic throughout the project and learned new skills and techniques during their training.

The group was extremely complimentary to their Belgium Hosts portraying their thanks to the team at CVO for their support and especially to Joris Quintens. Here is what one of the students said about the whole trip Continue reading “Lessons from Belgium”