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UP FRONT • numbers

Three disincentives

time needed for training (14%). (Close Brothers)

to recruiting an apprentice, cited by businesses which intended to do so, were cost (49%), red tape (19%) and

Young women

in the UK are now 52% more likely to go to university than young men, when both sexes are from

disadvantaged backgrounds. (UCAS 2015 End of Cycle Report)


Keep your finger on the pulse by checking out these current reports and surveys:

Title: BCC Business and Education Survey 2015

Publisher: British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) Top findings: • 69% of businesses believe that secondary schools are efficient at preparing students for work

• The top five entry level skills that firms value most are communication (88%), literacy (69%), numeracy (64%), computer literacy (56%) and teamwork (53%).

• Businesses want careers guidance reforms to include workplace experiences (64%), encounters with employers and employees (62%) and curriculum learning linked to careers (45%)

Summary: The BCC surveyed over 3,500 business and education leaders about the effectiveness of schools and careers guidance at preparing students for work. 62% of businesses want careers guidance to include encounters with employers and employees, which suggests a need for coordinated approaches. Other findings cover skills and career guidance reform.

Only 16%

of employers’ responses for hard-to-fill positions are to upskill existing staff, with 27% choosing to hire more


apprentices. (CIPD)

Title: Survey of UK SMEs

of independent schools offer vocational courses. (The Telegraph)

Publisher: Close Brothers Top findings: • 31% of SMEs said their workforce lacked the skills needed by their business • Only 5% of hiring firms expect to take on an apprentice in the next year Summary: This shows further evidence that apprentices are more viable for large firms than small ones, and that SMEs benefit from support to develop young staff.

Title: Is Britain Fairer? The state of Equality and Human Rights 2015

out of ten young people (14 to 25-year-olds) said they Six

were intimidated with the prospect of writing a C.V. (Lifeskills)

Title: Sixth-form girls less career confident then boys One in 50

public sector workers will have to be an apprentice, according to new rules from the government

(The Independent).

Publisher: Oxford University Top findings: • Gender-based differences in career confidence start early • Girls tend to go after “worthwhile” jobs while boys go after salaries Summary: This Oxford University survey of nearly 4,000 sixth formers suggests that sixth-form students are already internalising gender stereotypes when it comes to their career choices. Girls can be “self-limiting” in their choices because they tend to look for worthwhile jobs while boys aim for higher salaries.

Publisher: Equality and Human Rights Commission Top findings: • Falling percentages of men and women with no qualifications • Unemployment for 16-24yr olds is significantly higher for ethnic minorities • Persistent gender pay gaps among graduates Summary: This comprehensive overview of equality in Britain is useful context for organisations trying to improve diversity. The headlines are a mixture of positives and negatives, suggesting that there is still plenty to be done.

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