8 FE and skills ideas that ran out of steam – remember any of them? (FE Week)
As a new government takes shape with the possibility of a raft of new employer-focused education policies, FE Week takes a nostalgic look back on some of the initiatives used over the last 30 years to bridge the academic-vocational divide. Are we about to see a rerun of Groundhog Day? Or are we on the cusp of innovative change?
PwC ends A level criteria for graduate jobs (BBC)
The BBC reports that PwC, one of the UKs largest graduate employers, has announced it is to stop using A level grades as a way of selecting graduate recruits through fears that it is disadvantaging applicants from poorer backgrounds. This move has been welcomed by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) who hope that it will encourage other employers to follow their lead.
University graduates not prepared to enter the workforce (HR Grapevine)
A national survey on behalf of CareerBuilder has revealed that only 23% of the 400 surveyed employers believe that academic institutions are adequately preparing students for vacant roles in their organisations. Lack of interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and creative thinking were the areas found most lacking in recent graduates. HR Grapevine has the full details.
Strength based interviews – what are they and how do they work? (Guardian Careers)
An interesting and relevant article in Guardian Careers highlights the growing trend towards strengths-based recruitment (SBR) as an alternative to competency based interviewing. It goes on to cite that companies like Barclays, Nestle and EY are now actively using SBR as they believe it gives a more realistic insight into candidates with less room for pre-prepared or fake answers.