ISE News Summary
11 March 2020
If you haven’t got the time to read all 128 pages of Budget 2020, skip to page 48 for the skills initiatives announced by Rishi Sunak: a review of the apprentice levy, more spending on FE and a focus on adult skill development.
Covid-19 continues to disrupt our industry with some employers now conducting all their interviews and assessments virtually. Will the virus disrupt exams? Schools are already starting to consider delayed A-levels which won’t help apprentice recruiters and university admissions teams. With only 16% of students getting their predicted grades pressure is building for a shake-up to the system. Scottish students could be the first affected as they sit their exams in six-weeks’ time.
If you aren’t hiring through intern programmes than you could be missing on a big slice of the graduate talent market as 60% of students get a job before graduation, according to research from Milkround. The report also showed that non-Russell Group students rely more on internships than their Russell Group peers. This suggests that university and employer social mobility strategies need to include placements.
ISE Chair, Debs McCormack, wrote about her experiences to mark International Women’s Day as our development survey hit the headlines reporting that female student hires are less likely to be retained on graduate programmes. Women are already under-represented on many graduate programmes so to see the issue appear in our retention date should concern us all.
Is Erasmus under threat in the Brexit negotiations? Business and universities have made it clear to government that continued membership of the programme should be a high priority in talks. Students and the economy reap considerable benefits from the opportunities the programme creates said a press release from Universities UK.