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Specialist skills gap is growing

• The Open University and the Institute of Directors’ report finds that 63% of organisation leaders are struggling with recruitment • More than two fifths (45 per cent) of organisations struggle when recruiting for non-senior roles • However, 56 per cent of employers believe that apprenticeships and work-based learning are critical to their long-term success, an 8 per cent increase from last year

Contributor: Viren Patel, Director of the Business Development Unit - The Open University | Published: 18 October 2021

Who are the firms that will emerge as pandemic winners for talent?

On average, UK students consider 27 employers when looking for a job, with companies such as Pfizer, NHS and Tesco making some of the biggest gains in the Business and Commerce this year Clear paths for career progression, training and development top list of priorities for entry level talent, over high future earnings

Contributor: Steve Ward,  UK Director - Universum | Published: 21 May 2021

Role models from the world of work can help children’s recover from pandemic

This report shows the impact that role models from the world of work can have on attainment – people who can help bring learning to life, excite children about the subjects they are studying, and show them the possibilities that can open up in later life.

Contributor: Nick Chambers, CEO - Education and Employers | Published: 20 March 2021

Graduates increasingly concerned about career prospects post-pandemic

Despite the retracted labour market and initial worries last year about graduate schemes being put on hold, the findings reveal over half (57%) of UK companies have hired graduates since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in March 2020. According to Milkround’s data, September 2020 and January 2021 were two of the busiest months for graduate hires over the last year. However, as the market rebounds and businesses look to increase recruitment this year, the staggering number of graduates entering the job market means competition will reach an all-time high. The survey of over 3,000 UK students and graduates and 500 HR decision from leading graduate careers website Milkround highlights the varying experiences of young workers, who are entering the workforce virtually and want their voices heard. It also addresses how employers have adapted their recruitment and onboarding processes.

Contributor: Chris May, Graduate Jobs Expert - Milkround, | Published: 19 March 2021

Government urged to give regions greater power over skills and employment

The Government must give UK regional economies greater autonomy over skills and employment to develop grassroot recovery strategies – or risk levelling down the chances of millions, according to a new report published today by City & Guilds Group.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly, CEO - City & Guilds Group | Published: 5 November 2020

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How can employers support financial wellbeing as coronavirus crisis continues?

Given the unprecedented global impact of the coronavirus crisis, much of the workforce has been financially affected. Therefore, providing financial wellbeing has never been so important, especially for those employees considering retirement.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work | Published: 8 June 2020

Upskilling surges in lockdown as people learn new expertise

Online digital skills training provider Circus Street has analysed over 42,000 learners across its global audience from February to March, showing homebound workers are reskilling during their weekends, while spending time learning work-based topics during the week.

Contributor: Richard Townsend, Founder and CEO of Circus Street | Published: 6 May 2020

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Most people know nothing about the Modern Slavery Act

The flagship Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation was introduced to mandate businesses to disclose details of their supply chain practices as well as their commitments to end modern slavery. Wax Digital recently surveyed over 500 respondents to assess awareness and understanding of modern slavery.

Contributor: Paul Ellis | Published: 31 October 2019