News Round-up 26 March 2020
26 March 2020
Whilst the likely negative impact on graduate and apprentice hiring this year was widely reported, some sectors of the economy need more workers. Job postings have increased across the logistics chain by over 30% since the end of January when the first case of the virus in the UK was reported.
Apprentices are likely to experience breaks in learning or in some cases redundancy as a result of COVID-19. End point assessments could also be disrupted. The Department for Education and the ESFA have published guidance for employers, training providers and assessment organisations.
The fall-out from cancelled exams affects students across the education spectrum. Universities have been warned not to increase the number of unconditional offers they make to compensate for an expected drop in international students enrolling this autumn. A-level and GCSE students will receive a calculated grade based on an assessment of previous attainment and mock grades. Many are concerned that the use of predicted grades will hit students from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds hardest.
Whilst coronavirus issues dominated the headlines, in other news, Mansfield College, Oxford admitted 96% of its students from state schools last year (the average for all colleges in Oxford is 60%). But backgrounds still matter when it comes to graduate earnings as analysis from WonkHE shows that Black graduates and those who had free schools meals earn disproportionality less than their peers.
Finally, on a more positive note, Chester Zoo announced the birth of two baby lemurs who are clinging so tightly to their mother that they can’t confirm their gender.