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Traineeships referral sheet: advisers and intermediaries – Publications – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-referral-sheet-advisers-and-intermediaries    For careers advisers (including those working within the National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus, Connexions, local authorities and schools) to help determine whether young people might be suitable candidates for, and how to refer an individual to, a traineeship. Traineeships are available for young people aged 16 to 24 and for young people with […]

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These are the key points from the budget announcement today, which are pertinent to the employment and skills sectors:

 ·         The Government will introduce a new Apprenticeship Voucher, putting employers in control of Government funding for training apprentices needs. Testing will begin with employers and providers immediately, with a view to full implementation by 2017. ·         A package of measures will be introduced to improve employment outcomes for people with mental health conditions, improving links […]

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Quality Apprenticeships have doubled but need to be increased further

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news/apprenticeships-and-traineeships-report/ The proportion of young people taking up any kind of apprenticeship remains too low, despite significant recent improvement in the number of apprenticeships that last 12 months or more, warn the Education Committee, as it publishes its Apprenticeships and traineeships report. Report: Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds Report: Apprenticeships and traineeships […]

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UK education mimics the worst aspects of a McDonald’s production line

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/mar/08/uk-education-mimics-the-worst-aspects-of-a-mcdonalds-production-line UK education mimics the worst aspects of a McDonald’s production line Mike Grenier has been teaching English at Eton College for 21 years and co-founded the slow education movement. When I taught for the first time it was like a cartoon lightbulb moment. I knew it was what I should be doing. I only discovered teaching because I […]

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Share your ideas on Northern growth

Northern Futures is a new initiative from the Deputy Prime Minister. The question we’re trying to answer is: How do we build on the strengths in the North to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest cities in the world? We’ve created this website so you […]

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Jobcentres are no longer fit for purpose and are letting young people down | David Lammy

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/23/jobcentres-dont-work-employment-letting-young-people-down?CMP=twt_gu It is hard to speak the truth about valued national institutions. But when they are not fit for purpose, we must speak out. Reports on Monday suggested the government is considering a radical overhaul of the Jobcentre Plus system that is so badly failing to help the unemployed find work. The news doesn’t come […]

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Qualifications counting in future performance tables – News stories – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/qualifications-counting-in-future-performance-tables Qualifications counting in future performance tables – News stories – GOV.UK The only English and maths qualifications that will count in the 2017 secondary school performance tables will be reformed GCSEs in those subjects or qualifications reformed to meet the same standards and expectations, the Department for Education said today. This will ensure that […]

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