Skills gap in the UK wider than in other developed countries (TES)
The literacy gap between NEET young people and their working peers is bigger in the UK than in many other developed nations, according to a new study by the OECD. The TES reports on the research which puts the UK in last place out of 22 countries in terms of the literacy gap, and last out of 19 in terms of the gap in problem-solving abilities.
More UK students ‘go abroad for part of degree’ (BBC)
UK students are increasingly opting to study abroad as part of their degrees, suggest British Council figures, reported by the BBC. Numbers studying overseas through the EU’s Erasmus programme has more than doubled in seven years, with last seeing over 15,000 UK participants. This is a rise of 115% since 2007 when the programme began in the UK, and a 6.8% rise on the year before.
Teacher training applications fall 12% (TES)
Statistics from UCAS reveal that the number of people applying for teacher training courses has slumped by 12 per cent over the past year, stoking fears of a serious teacher shortage. The fall applies to both university and school-led training, including the controversial School Direct programme. The TES highlights the full details.
How to be happy at work: move jobs 3 times and be 32 (Telegraph)
Not news all of us want to hear, but according to research by reed.co.uk the most likely age to reach career contentment in the UK is in the early 30s after moving jobs a few times. Almost a quarter of people who are content with their work situations held three jobs before finding their current position, according to a survey which is reported in the Telegraph.