£144m announced for Welsh apprenticeships (BBC)
In a boost to the Welsh economy, the BBC reports that a £144m fund to pay for over 50,000 apprenticeships in Wales will be announced soon. Funded by £73m in EU funding on top of Welsh government money, the majority of places will be targeted at 16-24 year olds in areas including IT and construction.
Warning on loss of part time students (BBC)
The new head of the Open University has called for part-time higher education to be made a much higher priority, following the fall in part-time student numbers and subsequent lost opportunities for the economy. The part-time HE sector has failed to bounce back from the rise in tuition fees with a 37% decline in UK student numbers in the past 5 years, the BBC reports.
Doctor, Doctor…. We’re suffering a glut of PhDs who can’t find academic jobs (Guardian)
Some interesting articles appear in the Guardian this week for anyone advising clients about careers in academic research. Firstly, Jonathan Wolff, a professor of philosophy at UCL, discusses the increasing competition for research posts, whilst this article, looks at tips for successful postdoc applications.
Britain’s best employers to work for revealed (HR Grapevine)
HR Grapevine gives details of a recent poll compiled by the Human Resources firm Ranstad listing the best places to work in Britain, with department store John Lewis topping the list ahead of BMW and British Airways. The survey looked at six main factors that workers look for when choosing an employer with Salary and Benefits considered the most important, followed by long term job security.