Job Vacancies: The Highest Since 2008

The latest statistics on the UK labour market show that there are 48,000 more job vacancies than last year - the highest total since October – December 2008.

There are now an estimate 29.76 million people employed in the UK however 2.1 million are still out of work. Skills and training providers can help jobseekers to take advantage these increased job opportunities of by helping to equip with them right skills and guidance to succeed.

Our latest Labour Market Infographic gives a snapshot of the UK employed, unemployed and economic inactive population.

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Tor Macleod 14:48

Universities and colleges need to outreach to disadvantaged students

With data showing fewer university and college applicants from deprived areas, Les Ebdon calls for more to be done to attract disadvantaged students to higher education.

“The key to success is outreach, getting the message out that university is an option for everyone that has the ability to succeed, and that there shouldn't be barriers in the way for the disadvantaged."

Continue reading on the Guardian >

Tor Macleod 15:51

Skills and Employability Review Issue 5

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The latest issue of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

In this Issue: Using careers advice to tackle skills gaps, 6 challenges to the skills and employability sector and our latest labour market infographic.

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Previous Issues

  • Issue 4- Tips To Motivate Learners, Research Into Creating An Agile Curriculum & Our Latest Infographic...
  • Issue 3 - LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work , A New Streamlined Funding System & The Need For Destination Tracking...
  • Issue 2 - Infographic: The UK Labour Market, Guide to FE Learning Technology & Making the Skills System More Responsive to Employer Demand...
  • Issue 1 - The Missing Link Between Education & Employment, INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey...
Tor Macleod 15:33

Educators & Employers Urged To 'Act Boldly & Decisively' to Tackle Skills Gaps

Employers, Government,  further education and careers organisations have been urged to 'act boldly and decisively' to initiate a culture change in the careers sector.

With a considerable mismatch between jobseekers and vacancies the National Careers Council (NCC) report on careers provision recommends steps to improve the link between education and employment.

Businesses are still struggling to fill vacancies despite high unemployment levels - 51% of organisations were not confident that they could fill highly skilled jobs. The skills available do not match the labour market and organisations have called on the government to boost workforce skills.

Skills mismatch

The skills sector is not just about helping someone get back into work, it is about equipping them with the skills they need for long-term employment outcomes and career progression.

The report pinpoints careers advice and guidance as one of the key areas to success if we want to fix this skills mismatch. Learners need to be heading in the right direction from day one, making better decisions as to best course match means less time is invested in unused skills, less 'churn' through education and improved employment pathways. What are learner’s aspirations in the context of the real jobs market, can their learning aims and can theses be matched to courses?

Careers support can be crucial to positive outcomes and it is important to offer tailored careers support for different learner groups - for example over 50s, low pay workers and those returning to work will all have different needs.

 "Skills have become the global currency of the 21st century" - (OECD 2012)

With diverse career opportunities in the labour market, learners are not always aware of all the options available to them or the skills they will need in this area. Qualifications with a 'clear line of sight' to work offer learners greater confidence in training; putting what they are learning into the context of a real job outcome.

Increased flexibility and variety of jobs has resulted in many no longer considering a job for life, making career changes several times. On top of 'tailored skills' it is important to offer strong life long employability skills which will make users adaptable to career change.

People return to training repeatedly throughout their working lives; to further their current job, top up their skills, to find a new role or to help with a complete career change. Archiving records will help to improve the service offered when they return. With existing knowledge of their learning journey, you will know where they have been and have greater insight to advise them forward. 

"It falls to careers services to respond to such change and make sure that both young people and adults get the help they need to thrive in the flexibilities and opportunities offered by the new working world." - NCC

Read the full report A National Aspiration; Creating A Culture Change In Careers Provision 

Tor Macleod 15:13

ILO Warns of the Global Unemployment Challenge

Following the UN agency’s annual labour market report the International Labour Organisation have expressed concern over the rising risks, as unemployment becomes “a major global challenge for years to come".

Read full article on the Guardian >

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