Features

07.04.15

‘If In Doubt, Blame The Politicians…’

The General Election is imminent and it looks unlikely that either main party will manage a majority, so we’re likely to see a coalition. The uncertainty of this arrangement, and the priorities that result, breed uncertainty; uncertainty giv...

07.04.15

Challenging the Status Quo

The Sutton Trust research brief, Parliamentary Privilege looked at the school and university education of 260 candidates who were already selected by mid-December 2014 either to replace sitting MPs from their own parties or in seats that their par...

07.04.15

Ladies Who Learn

The number of women in the UK workforce has increased by more than 20% over the past 20 years, so that today they make up nearly half of all workers(i). More women are in work than at any time since records began in 1971, at just over 14 million o...

07.04.15

Why UK Education Needs Disrupting

Today’s schooling system was designed at a time when the expression ‘knowledge is power’ held true. But times have changed, and success today is at least as much about EQ (Emotional Intelligence) as it is about IQ, yet there is a...

07.04.15

Employability: What Works?

Whatever happens after May's General Election, we can expect tight budgets and a search for efficiencies says Karl Hobley, Senior Engagement Co-ordinator at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), as universities and employers ali...

07.04.15

How can Business-University Collaboration aid skills development?

The UK economy is recovering from an exceptionally long and deep recession, and the recovery is now firmly embedded, with growth of 2.7 per cent forecast this year, and employment at a record high and rising. But the global economy is fraught with...

07.04.15

Moving Mobility Up The Agenda

So many organisations want people who have drive, resilience and work ethic, yet their recruitment practices constrain them to recruiting in ways that miss these very people. Government wants to promote social mobility in organisations, and while...

07.04.15

The Future of Work - NUS

As the 2015 General Election approaches, the National Union of Students (NUS) is placing an increasing emphasis on student and study-leaver employment issues, building on its Commission on the Future of Work report, launched in March 2014. The rep...

07.04.15

The Student Fee Rise – Four Years On

In November 2010, as students protested across the country over the change to £9k fees, UCAS was receiving applications for the last year of £3k tuition fees. As the admissions cycles have unfolded, the Analysis and Research team at UC...

07.04.15

Reed Smith: Creating Business-Ready Graduates

In November 2014 the Government made two related announcements in support of its drive to create economic growth, and one of the key points highlighted in both announcements was the need for business and universities to collaborate more closely. I...

07.04.15

Room For Improvement

With the General Election just around the corner, what are some of the most pressing issues facing business, Higher Education and Further Education? Nicola Smith asked a selection of industry and political figures to share their thoughts on what t...

03.11.14

How to attract graduates to jobs in challenging regions

Just two years into the British Council’s global scheme, the organisation has graduates in all corners of the globe, from Russia to Libya, Bangladesh to Poland, but it struggles to recruit for some great opportunities in challenging regions...

03.11.14

The Global Mindset: Revealed

What is all the fuss about global mindset? Can it really be that important? Charlie Reeve, Head of Early Career Programmes, Arriva, says “yes, it can, and I can prove it...” He explains below… The Financial Times off...

03.11.14

The Globalisation of Graduate Recruitment

In a world made smaller and more accessible by technology, businesses are increasingly operating on a global stage. While this opens up huge opportunities to tap into a larger, more diverse customer base, it also demands a changing workforce to me...

14.08.14

Diversity data - what information is out there?

We asked five suppliers to share an insight into their diversity data, together with an overview of some of their key findings…   1. How diverse is the workplace? Organisation: MyKindaCrowd Brief overview of data: Research carried a...

14.08.14

Overcoming a diversity data dearth

When it comes to disability, many organisations only have minimal data available because they are reliant on employees self-disclosing. So how can a recruitment team proceed with objectives in this context? Tab Ahmad, Founder and Managing Director...

14.08.14

Picking ‘n’ mixing your target university lists

When Rebecca Fielding, MD/Owner of Gradconsult, was debating the target list of universities with her line managers, she found that jelly babies provided a useful metaphor.  She believed that if they continued to go to the same universities a...

14.08.14

Missing: Disability Data

Ask an organisation about their demographics and, as a whole, they will be able to provide you with statistics on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, faith and nationality. However, ask them about disability data and it all goes very quiet...

14.08.14

The role of diversity data in selection practices

James Lewis, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Consultant at Cubiks, explores the importance of candidate data in selection practices and its links to workforce diversity, arguing that there is still much work to be done… For workp...

14.08.14

Dispelling the Myths - HESA Data & RGCC

Inspired by surprising data from the The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Recruiters’ Guide to Courses and Campuses (RGCC) enables employers to target universities, review strategies or increase applications from specific group...

06.08.14

The Science of Diversity

“If presented in the right way, data does not have to be dry − it can tell a compelling story which is a powerful tool when trying to highlight challenges and convince people of the relevance of diversity issues,” says Sacha de K...

08.04.14

Integrating Apprentices - Case Studies

From making apprentices feel valued to offering accelerated learning environments and mentoring, recruiters tell us how they go about successfully integrating apprentices into their organisations… Rachel Hill, Senior Manager – Social...

08.04.14

Fit For Purpose?

There are countless surveys and much public hand-wringing about the mismatch between the skills needed by employers and the qualifications achieved by school and college leavers. With nearly a million young people not in education, employment or t...

08.04.14

Graduate vs. Apprentice: The Psychological Lowdown

So you’re considering hiring professional apprentices at 18, in addition to graduates at 21.  What do those three years of independent study bring to graduates?  What do 18 year olds potentially do better? To understand the differe...

08.04.14

Audience Participation

EY has seen the target for its School Leaver Programme double over the last year, reaching 150 vacancies, allowing the company to target and recruit from a broader and more diverse talent pool. But with the growth in vacancies comes the challenge...