Alternatives to University

August 30, 2012 1:13 am Published by

Notgoingtouni is the UK’s leading website for school & college leavers who are looking at the alternatives to university such as apprenticeships, voluntary work, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and entry level jobs. Their clients include: NHS, Kaplan, BPP, Fusion Training, QA, Pearson, British Gas, RBS, Aviva, LV, Hilton Hotels, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury, BP, Rolls Royce, Deloitte, Skills for Growth, Peter Jones Academy,Lloyds Bank, National Grid, BP, Asda, Hilton, Edf, PWC, Bank of England, Barclays, Unilever, Royal Mail & 50+ colleges.  Here are some key notgoingtouni facts for you:  Up to 100,000+ young people visit their site per month. The notgoingtouni book will be published by Pearson summer 2012 and is sponsored by City & Guilds. They have over 6000 opportunities on their website at any given time. Over... View Article

Training organisations invited to bid for Apprenticeship Application Support Fund

August 28, 2012 12:20 am Published by

Training organisations are being invited to bid to run projects around the country designed to increase the quality and success rate of applications for Apprenticeship Vacancies (AV) made by young people between the ages of 16 and 20. The Apprenticeship Application Support Fund is being managed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) from whom £450,000 of funding has been made available. The project seeks to ensure every young person applying for an apprenticeship, particularly those using the AV system, has the support to present their applications in the best possible light. Of most interest will be projects that impact directly on learners and employers utilising the AV system, although... View Article

Labour Market Analyses

August 15, 2012 4:26 pm Published by

Unemployment is 2,564,000, down 14,000 from last month’s published figure, and the unemployment rate is 8%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month. The number of claimant unemployed is 1,593,200, down 5,900 on last month, and the claimant rate is 4.9%, the same as last month. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,437,000, up 24,000 in the quarter, representing 19.7% of the youth population (up 0.4 percentage points in the quarter). Youth unemployment (including students) is 1,012,000, down 4,000 in the quarter. There are 5.4 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 71% (up 0.2 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.4 percentage points in the preferred quarterly... View Article

Apprenticeship Opportunities

August 8, 2012 10:44 pm Published by

Kirkwood Consulting are working with Dagenham and Barking College to offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities across hospitality, child care, finance, manufacturing, health and social care, engineering and telecommunication. If you live in Romford, Ilford, Barking, Rainham, Dagenham, East London and Essex and are looking for an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification and a career, then please send your CV with a covering letter to

Jobcentre Plus Supporting Jobseekers In Their 60’s

August 6, 2012 1:30 am Published by

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week published their findings from research considering the capability of Jobcentre Plus to support jobseekers in their 60’s.  The Jobcentre Plus caseload is forecast to age over the next decade due to a combination of demographic change, increases to State Pension Age (SPA), SPA equalisation for men and women, and the gradual withdrawal of Pension Credit eligibility in line with equalisation. For the first time there will be significant numbers of 60+ claimants seeking work. DWP’s research reveals that the most significant factors affecting the move back into employment are a lack of modern job search skills, limited IT proficiency and limited experience of searching and applying for jobs online.  Other issues... View Article