23,000 new apprentice jobs pledged for National Apprenticeship Week (gov.uk)
From BT committing to hiring 700 apprentices and Microsoft Partners announcing plans to recruit 3500, pledges have been made by hundreds of businesses around the country as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2015. The gov.uk website has further details of the companies who are helping even more young people ‘get in and go far’.
Research shows most traineeships lead to apprenticeships, employment or further learning (FE Week)
The outcome of an initial government evaluation of the first year of the traineeship programme has found that half of trainees went on to apprenticeships or employment, and a further 17 per cent undertook further learning. FE Week also reports that over half (54%) of trainees said the programme had exceeded their expectations.
UK universities “punch above weight” globally (BBC)
UK universities continue to “punch above their weight” in terms of their international reputation, suggests a new global table. Of the world’s 100 most prestigious universities, 12 are in the UK, according to the 2015 Times Higher Education world reputation rankings. The BBC gives the details including a link to the full rankings table.
Teaching revealed as top career choice for teenagers (Telegraph)
Education has been revealed as the career path of choice for UK teenagers, despite Department for Education figures which suggest that one in four newly qualified teachers leave the profession within the first five years. The Telegraph reports on the study by the Edge Foundation which shows that 12 per cent of 14 to 18 year olds name teaching or lecturing as their ideal job.