Infographic: UK Employment Up 167,000

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Employment and unemployment statistics for August 2014.

UK employment has increased by 167,000 in comparison with the previous quarter (January to March 2014).

Labour market estimates from the Office for National Statistics contain the latest employment, unemployment and average earnings estimates for April to June 2014.

Employment:

  • UK labour market statistics show 73% of those aged 16 to 64 are now employed. 
  • 30.60 million people are in work 
    • Up 167,000 from January to March 2014
    • Up 820,000 people from the previous year

Unemployment:

  • The unemployment rate fell to 6.4% 
  • From April to June there were 2.08 million unemployed people in UK, 
    • 121,000 fewer than January to March 2014
    • 437,000 less than this time last year

Our latest labour market infographic gives an overview of the new statistics. (view full size)

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Read the full Labour Market Statisics report: ONS Website

Please note: components may not sum exactly to totals due to rounding

Compare with last month: July 2014 Employment Infographic


Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

July 2014June 2014May 2014April 2014March 2014 | February 2014January 2014 
December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013September 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013
May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013


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Infographic: UK Employment Up 254,000

UK Labour Market July 2014

Employment and unemployment statistics for July 2014.

Good news! UK employment has increased by 254,000 in comparison with the previous quarter (December 2013 to February 2014).

Labour market estimates from the Office for National Statistics contain the latest employment, unemployment and average earnings estimates for March to May 2014.

Employment:

  • UK labour market statistics show 73.1% of those aged 16 to 64 are now employed. 
  • 30.54 million people are in employment for MArch to May of 2014, 
    • Up 254,000 from December 2013 to February 2014
    • Up a massive 929,000 people from the previous year

Unemployment:

  • The unemployment rate fell to 6.5% 
  • From March to May there were 2.16 million unemployed people in UK, 
    • 161,000 fewer than December 2013 to February 2014
    • A fall of 347,000 from a the same time last year

Our latest labour market infographic gives an overview of the new statistics. (view full size)

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Read the full Labour Market Statisics report: ONS Website

Please note: components may not sum exactly to totals due to rounding

Compare with last month: June 2014 Employment Infographic

Compare with last year: July 2013 Employment Infographic


Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

June 2014May 2014April 2014March 2014 | February 2014January 2014 
December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013September 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013
May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013


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Skills and Employability Review Issue 16

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Check your inboxes! Issue 16 of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

What’s be happening in the world of further education and skills? Here’s our recap of trending news from June.

In this issue:

  • Technology in FE: Tracking Student Progress A Priority
  • Infographic: UK Employment At 30.54 Million
  • Matthew Hancock On Reforms To Vocational Education

Read Issue 16 online >

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Previous Issues

    • Issue 15 - Building Links Between Colleges & Employers, UK Employment at 30.43 Million and New Apprentice Funding Model No: Simple System...
    • Issue 14 - FE Learner Choices Survey, Apprenticeship Loans & our latest employment infographic...
    • Issue 13 - Why Data Is Your Most Important, Funding Follows The Learner Journey & Online Delivery Data...
    • Issue 12 - Using Tech To Transform Education, The Skills Funding Statement & our new Labour Market Infographic…

Issue 11 | Issue 10 | Issue 9 | Issue 8 | Issue 7 | Issue 6 | Issue 5 | Issue 4 | Issue 3 | Issue 2 | Issue 1

Technology in FE: Tracking Student Progress A Priority

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City & Guilds are on a mission to encourage a greater use of technology in the Further Education (FE) sector. Here at Macleod Associates we love technology and have to agree with them. We believe that technology can really help institutions to make the most of their provision. 

The new Technology in FE Special Report sets out to gain a greater understanding of how technology is being used in FE and where is it needed. City & Guilds asks how is technology being used within teaching, learning and assessment?

Overall the feedback from the sector is optimistic, FE practitioners recognise the benefits of different learning technologies and many are leading the way demonstrating innovative approaches to technology and learning. 

The Further Education (FE) sector is finally ready and willing to embrace technology.”  - Kirstie Donnelly MBE, UK Managing Director, City & Guilds

Here are some points that stood out:

79% believe technology has the power to positively impact teaching and learning.
Bringing learning and training to life in the classroom, providing online resources or using technology solutions to keep track of learners. Different technology solutions all play a role in improving the quality of learning in FE.

“Technology is an enabler not a replacement to great teaching.”
Technology cannot replace great teachers (unlike these predictions from the 1920's ) but is a tool to facilitate improved teaching and learning. Better tools help FE institutions to make the most of their resources and time to deliver improved training and learner experience.

75% say tracking students/progress is one of the main areas technology could be useful to them personally
With some FE institutions having thousands of referrals coming through the door, keeping track of and managing learners can be hard. (That's why we created Workpepper)

Strugglers and non-attenders can simply get lost in the system. Taking advantage of learner management technology can help practitioners to ‘take control’ of their data. Having access to accurate and up to date records can be used by managers to tutors to make more informed decisions. In short - you can’t manage what you don't measure.

For example:  With little time for personal tutors to be truly ‘personal’ – being able to quickly search for struggling learners could help tutors to use their time where it is most needed.

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

48% claim that being able to link up with other organisations, employers etc is one of the main areas technology could be useful.
With the Government focusing on employer led learning / curriculum as a the key to filling skills gaps, how could technology help to build better links with employers and other organisations?

Ways this could be used:

  • Giving employers limited access to learner records so that they can gain visibility on employees on your training programmes
  • Letting JCP or referral agents know what is happening with learners. Using tech to automatically alert them to non-attenders – especially when this could affect a learner's benefits.

Only 25% of FE practitioners have access to the cloud.
Everyone is talking about the Cloud but not everyone knows quite what it is. 

Building from our own experience delivering cloud based solutions to the FE sector, comments from our clients on the benefits of cloud technology include:

  • Can access from anywhere – on the move, on different campuses and locations and makes life a lot easier for tutors and managers
  • Being able to look up learner records and resources (ePortfolios, assessments, documentation ect.) from anywhere including lessons or tutorials
  • Can manage courses from any location
  • Ability to look up records and reports at meetings.

With 44% claiming that they do not use technology solutions because they are not available within their department. Cloud technology is key to ensuring that everyone has access to the same technology – all you need is an Internet connection.

As mentioned in a previous blog "data is your most important asset" - if you are considering Cloud technologies here are some great tips on choosing a provider: Top Security Concernss When Switching To the Cloud

The report concludes:

“It is no longer possible to do without technology in teaching, learning and assessment”

I recommend reading the full report: Technology in FE Special Report or check out this great infographic of the key points

Infographic Technology in FE
Source: City & Guilds

Tor Macleod 09:39

ReadTL Showcases Teaching & Learning in FE

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Over the last couple of years, I've taken a keen interest in connecting with educators outside of my immediate environment; online as well as at conferences and TeachMeets. What I was immediately struck by were the few people I’d meet who worked in the FE sector. Those I did come across could engage with great discussions but it was highly unlikely that we could attend a workshop that represented our sector.

It was after a few mere months of deliberation that #ReadTL was born. We will hold our first Teaching and Learning conference at Reading College on Saturday 28th June 9am-2.30pm. This will be a FREE day of CPD and will showcase great teaching and learning from across the education sector, including FE and vocational education providers.

Knowledge Sharing

To remain strong within this sector; continual development in collaboration with employers is essential; therefore the day will represent some of the best in curriculum innovation.

Paul Stacey will share his recent experiences of setting up a performing arts learning company whilst Alex Warner and Sarah Williams will be sharing their experiences of project based learning in Business and Health & Social Care respectively. Innovation in CPD leads to innovation within the curriculum and Mary Kitchener from Swindon College will be delivering a workshop on approaches to action research within an FE setting. 

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Education Technology

Technology will have an important presence on the day as Reading College recently featured heavily as part of some recent City & Guilds research; we strongly believe that technology enhances the students’ learning experience.

Paul Emberlin and his students will be showcasing the use of Google apps in and out of the classroom, whilst Adam Blackwood, JISC, has a whole array of tech tools up his sleeve to share. In addition, Nikki Gilbey will be sharing her approach to gamification in the classroom and Rachel Jones will be presenting both analogue and digital approaches to differentiation.

Getting Involved

To register for the event, please complete the online form. You can also follow the buzz on Twitter with the official conference hashtag #ReadTL14.


About the author:
Hannah Tyreman has 5 years experience of teaching in FE settings; first in the North East and now at Reading College. She has taught functional skills in all vocational areas, Access to HE, NEET learners and now predominantly teaches A level students. She has always had a passion for learning and now has responsibilities for CPD at the College as well as working to induct new staff.

Follow her on Twitter @hannahtyreman or read her blog at hannahruthtyreman.wordpress.com

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