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Students need to play to their strengths for success in the classroom – and in the brave, new workplace

We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin...

Neuro-diversity – what does the future hold for your child?

If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager...

Why your child should consider an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering

Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe's leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company. Here, he takes a look at why an...

Top Tips on choosing science subjects

The Science Council has published this very sensible advice to help with choosing subjects.  Among the ideas are: Visiting www.futuremorph.org to see where your child’s subject choices could take them. Get them to have a go at the ‘What Might You Be?’ game....

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Applying to US Universities – Advice from Fulbright

Check out USA College Day This free event provides students, parents and advisors with the unique opportunity to meet representatives from over 150 American universities and educational service providers in London. It is the largest US university fair in the UK. Date:...

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Find a Job ~ Top Tips for Job Search

Senior managers at major international firms were asked to give their top tips for job search.  I have blended these together into one single list of recommendations. General Tips Network, network, and then network some more Do research about the industry and...

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Career Development Activities in Schools Foster Success

In 2011 iCeGS at the University of Derby published a paper (for a North American audience) which summarised the research evidence pointing to the importance of CEIAG. The authors (Tristram Hooley, John Marriott and James P. Sampson, Jr) focused on the positive impact...

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Mind the Gap ~ Future Skills for Growth

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published the results of a major enquiry into future skills needs in 2010.  This was the first national Strategic Skills Audit for England.  It was intended to  provides “insight and foresight on skill needs and...

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Making education work ~ new research from City and Guilds

Almost 60% of employers believe their sector is facing a skills shortage and one third are considering looking abroad to bolster their workforce, according to new research published today by City & Guilds. Their infographic below (click to see a bigger version)...

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Travelodge’s first junior management apprentices graduate

The first class of apprentices from Travelodge’s budget hotel management apprenticeship programme have all graduated and joined the chain as hotel managers. Travelodge launched its two-year Junior Managament Programme – or JuMP –  the first of its kind in the sector...

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