Careers advice is a “postcode lottery” warns Sutton Trust (TES)
The TES reports on something we are all well aware of this week – research for the Sutton Trust has uncovered the inconsistency in careers guidance available to young people, and the negative impacts this has on social mobility. Skill Minister Nick Boles goes on to describe provision as “patchy, not consistent or sufficiently open, porous, independent or impartial.”
Apprenticeship starts fall by more than 60,000 according to government figures (FE Week)
Provisional data released this week shows a drop in the total number of people starting apprenticeships for the second year running. Whilst the number of 19 year olds starting apprenticeships has risen by 5%, the fall is seen most starkly in the 24+ age group where numbers tumbled by 29%. FE Week tells the story.
Oxford University tutors finally open up about admissions interviews (Guardian)
To mark the 2015 undergraduate admisssions deadline, the University of Oxford has asked admissions tutors to open up about the interviews that all UK undergraduate applications are subjected to. The Guardian reveals some of the details – although I’m not sure it’s going to be completely comforting reading for applicants!
Call to encourage graduates to “stay local” (BBC)
A report by the RSA think-tank this week assesses the role that higher education can play in stimulating local economies. The research calls for more help for local employers to pool resources so that they can offer “golden handcuffs” to graduates who can commit to working in the area. The BBC takes up the story.