New Technical Awards for teenagers in vocational shake up – BBC
New practical courses in subjects such as electronics and textiles will be available next year to 14-16 year olds, as part of a shake-up of vocational education in England. The new ‘Technical Awards’ can be taken alongside a minimum of 5 core GCSEs. The full details can be found on the BBC website.
Why a 2.1 degree is not the only talent benchmark – Personnel Today
An interesting article in Personnel Today identifies that a strong degree from a renowned university is no longer a prerequisite for a growing number of top employers. It appears that the widening participation agenda is one reason why employers such as Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover and Nestle are looking for alternative benchmarks.
City’s unappealing reputation is putting off jobseekers – Telegraph
Research by specialist recruiter Robert Half finds that 87% of city companies are implementing extra measures to attract staff, as the financial services sector deals with an image crisis. The financial crisis, recent scandals over foreign exchange rigging, and bad publicity over working hours are forcing some of the best and brightest applicants to consider alternatives, the Telegraph reports.
8 out of 10 employers to create permanent jobs in the next quarter – Recruitment & Employment Confederation
More good news for the economy and for job seekers! Employer intention to hire permanent staff remains at a record high, with 81% planning to create more permanent jobs in the next quarter, according the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s ‘JobsOutlook’ survey of employers. Read the full survey results here.