Complexity deferring firms from engaging in youth employment policies (HR Magazine)
High levels of complexity are putting large employers off engaging with youth employment policy initiatives, according to a research project by the University of Leicester and Open University Business School. HR Magazine takes up the full story which suggests employers are struggling in particular to keep up with ever-changing funding rules.
UCAS admissions system to include European universities (BBC)
UCAS is changing its rules to allow UK students to apply to European universities. Universities from across the EU will be able to apply to join the admissions service and offer places alongside UK universities. This opens the potential that they could also offer places in the clearing system after A-level results. Full details from the BBC.
Open University numbers dive 28% as pool of part-timers dries up (THE)
The THE reports that the Open University faces a £17million deficit as enrolments fall while expenditures rise. The total number of students at the OU fell from more than 260,000 in 2009-10 to just over 187,000 in 2013-14. In terms of full-time equivalent enrolment, the decline was 10,000 over the five years to about 73,500 last year.
What will the job market look like in 20 years’ time (Guardian Careers)
A useful article in Guardian Careers looks at the future of the UK job market and predicts that the main problems will not be caused by availability of jobs but rather by the growing pay gap between skilled and unskilled work. The article also looks at the increased polarisation between sectors due to the wage premium in the science and technology sectors.