The construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, is big – and I mean VERY BIG. Due to officially switch on in the middle of the next decade (if nuclear reactors switch on?), it is predicted that Hinkley Point C will provide around 7% of the country’s electricity, and the … Continue reading Hinkley C – Powering the future
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education (APPG) has this week published an inquiry-based paper entitled, ‘How well do schools prepare children for their future?’ This inquiry and resultant paper has been drawn up as a response to the latest stark figures which reveal that youth unemployment currently stands at 13.1% (national average = 4.8%). This … Continue reading How well do schools prepare children for their future?
The status, value and importance of vocational/technical education has received a tremendous boost with the passing of an amendment to the government’s further and technical education bill. This amendment will ‘force’ schools to give FE colleges and apprenticeship providers access to their pupils, via careers guidance. Schools, including both LA-maintained and academies, will now be … Continue reading A timely boost for the vocational/technical route
Curriculum reform is a term which has been discussed, announced and the cause of great debate for many years now. But what exactly is curriculum reform, and how is it and will it affect young people and their studies? My intention here is to provide you with a brief overview of the facts and the … Continue reading Curriculum Reform – What do you need to know?
At CASCAID we want to provide the most accurate, up-to-date impartial careers information. As a result we are constantly carrying out research into our career profiles, and updating them accordingly. We are also studying the very latest job vacancy data, and using it to identify and create new job profiles. This enables us to provide … Continue reading Take a look at our new career profiles!
Did you know that the data generated by students when using online careers resources is invaluable when deciding what careers events to put on and it can also help quantify the impact that your resources are having upon your students? It's no good having your students looking at information on a career that doesn't exist anymore, … Continue reading Ensuring value for money, time and effort
A STEM-focussed report has been published, providing a positive viewpoint of female engineers and offering support for the female uptake of STEM subjects. This challenges the recent wave of negative STEM reports, which have tended to focus on the fact that young women aren’t choosing to study science and engineering. This report states why women … Continue reading STEM Role Models – Britain HAS Got Talented Female Engineers
Yesterday was spent in the company of Nottingham-based photographer, Yvonne Lishman. I interviewed Yvonne last year about her career, and she kindly offered to give some photography training to the information team here at CASCAiD. The initial training in October went really well and Yvonne offered a follow up session, so my colleague Michael and … Continue reading Seeing the light with Yvonne Lishman
Last week, I attended the National Key Stage 2 career-related learning conference. The conference was part of the recent pathfinder pilot project which has seen a number of career-related learning initiatives taking place in primary schools around the country. Career-related learning for this age group is not about encouraging children to decide what they want … Continue reading Key Stage 2 career-related learning
The latest proposal from Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, suggests a major shake-up of the welfare system. He proposes that unemployed people may lose all benefits for as long as three years if they refuse to undertake community work or the offer of a job or fail to apply for a job … Continue reading Refusing to work could lead to a loss in benefits