Number of young people NEET falls across the board (gov.uk)
Official figures released this week by the government show the number of young people not in education, employment or training in England is at its lowest level for more than 8 years. Figures for October to December show falls across all age ranges with a 146,000 fall in 16-24 year olds NEET since 2010. The gov.uk website gives the full details.
More quality apprenticeships needed to fill STEM skills gap, Minister says (Telegraph)
Expanding the number of quality apprenticeships and informing school children about the routes available could go some way to alleviating the skills gap in engineering, Matthew Hancock has suggested. The business, enterprise and energy minister has said that creating more apprenticeships would be a key parliamentary focus if the Conservatives are re-elected in May, according to the Telegraph.
Universities told to admit more students from disadvantaged backgrounds (TES)
Admissions watchdog the Office of Fair Access (Offa) have told top universities to significantly increase their intake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to work more closely with schools to improved access for students from poor homes. The TES takes up the full story giving details of the targets that have been set.
Nestle and Twitter launch first joint internship scheme (HR Grapevine)
HR Grapevine highlights a sign of things to come, perhaps, as a unique joint internships opportunity is launched in a bid to encourage young students to embark on STEM-related careers. The 10 week placement which will be split equally across the two companies comes as a study by Nestle reveals that 51% of 14-16 year old admit to knowing little about what STEM careers involve.