What Is an Apprenticeship? You have been looking at university or A level courses and they seem that they don’t suit you. An alternative route that you could choose is an Apprenticeship - but how do you actually apply? Apprenticeships are training schemes that allow you to learn and become qualified on-the-job, while earning real pay. This … Continue reading Apprenticeships – How Do I Apply?
You have decided to go to university, chosen your course, attended a few open days, found a spacious welcoming campus with plenty of activities and a city or town that is charming and bursting with cultural and social hangouts. All very important but what about the teaching and quality of the course? A student is … Continue reading The new Teaching Excellence Framework, What does it mean for universities?
“Fifth of graduates work part-time.” Telegraph “Number of graduates in basic jobs doubles in five years.” BBC “More graduates in low skilled jobs.” BBC “40% [of graduates] failing to get graduate-calibre posts two years after leaving education.” Guardian These headlines, amongst ones of graduate unemployment and of fierce competition for graduate jobs, reinforce the need for effective career … Continue reading Higher education and careers guidance
High Fliers have published their latest annual review of the graduate market and one of the main focuses of the report is work experience. The report states that it is expected that the number of graduate vacancies is set to increase by 2.7% from 2012. However, 36% of vacancies will be filled by graduates who … Continue reading Work experience
The TES (Times Educational Supplement) has reported how almost two thirds of teachers are concerned about the standard of careers advice on offer in schools. The research, undertaken by Pearson Think Tank, reports that out of 700 schools, sixth-forms and FE colleges, 63% said they worried ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’ about careers guidance and a … Continue reading Teachers are concerned about the quality of careers advice
With UCAS applications well underway, students need to ensure that they are producing top quality personal statements. Thousands of students are competing for places at the top universities, so UCAS applications need to be personal and eloquent and not end up in the UCAS list of top ten most overused personal statement phrases. Teachers and … Continue reading UCAS personal statements
It's the final day of National Careers Week. Today, we look at how parents and carers can help to support young people's career decisions. Career decisions – top tips for parents and carers At CASCAiD, we are regularly contacted by parents and carers about how they can support their child with planning their career. Young … Continue reading National Careers Week – involving parents in career planning
On Wednesday, I exhibited for CASCAiD at the annual CRAC conference. This year’s event was held in Leicester and the theme was ‘Decisions at 18’. There was a wide range of delegates, including people from Aimhigher, heads of sixth form, heads of careers, and delegates from professional bodies. The event took place over the 29th … Continue reading Decisions at 18 – The CRAC Conference
The coalition government's plan to increase tuition fees, which could see some universities charging up to £9,000 a year, has been making the headlines recently. The rise in tuition fees is likely to have a big impact on students’ decisions about whether to attend university. Although the coalition government proposes that students will not start … Continue reading Tuition fee increases show the importance of guidance for post-16 options