Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Making informed decisions about your future

Writing in The Independent, Thursday 18th March 2010, Lucy Hodge comments positively on a new website giving wannabe students vital information about drop out rates and earnings. Read more

How many students comment on the poor or inadeqaute advice they received while at school about higher education and how many end up in their courses more by luck than design.

David Willetts, the Shadow higher education spokesman is spearheading the site.  For the first time data on employment, careers and salaries are brought together in one place to help students to make the right choices of institution and subject for them.

Uni life!

Lucy Tobin is a 23 year graduate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, with a First in English achieved in 2008. She is currently working in London as a journalist and her work appears regularly in national newspapers including the Guardian, Sunday Times, and Daily Mail.  This is her first book.
There is little doubt that in making the transition from second level to third level 'survival' at university requires quite a few skills that need addressing in any current sixth form learning for life and work (LLW) programmes of work. I would like to think this book might inform decisions about any meaningful sixth form PSHE/CEIAG schemes of work.

Carbon Zero NI - The 'Greening' of FE Courses

On Monday 29th March 2010, The South West College unveiled a 'green' training initiative to support job opportunities in the fast growing renewable energy sector.

Supported by industry heavyweights; NIE, Bombardier and B9 Energy and funded by Department of Employment and Learning (DEL), the new 'Carbon Zero NI' programme aims to develop and deliver green educational and training programmes within the FE sector ensuring NI can compete in the multi-billion pound global 'clean and green' market.

Thinking entrepreurially!

The Ministerial foreward in A Guide to Enterprise Education states that

Young people today often say they want to be their own boss, to start their own company or to make  a living from a personal passion. Enterprise Education will help them to do that successfully, to their own benefit and that of the economy and the local community.
Ian Wright MP Parliamentay Under Secretary for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeship

Being enterprising is the ability of individuals, groups and businesses to repond to change, take risks, to innovate and generate and implement new ideas and new ways of doing things.  Put simply, enterprise is having ideas and making them happen.

The future of apprenticeships lies in the hands of employers

The Building Services Engineering sector (BSE) has developed an excellent reputation across the sector with employers supporting and investing in employer-led apprenticeship training.

This approach has developed quality training in the workplace and is supported by directed learning off-the-job.  The employer-led approach ensures that much more of the apprentices' skills development is carried out on-the-job alongside qualified and experienced employees.

Doing it for the kids!

Of late social work as a career has come in for some bad press.  Anna Tims writing in the Guardian on the 21st March 2010 put it most succinctly when she reported,

'In the good times social work is ignored by the comfortable majority.  In the bad, it is relentlessly, damningly publicised!'

The Oscar nominated actor, Samantha Morton spoke last year of the 'wonderful' social workers who supported her as a child as she helped to launch a national campaign aimed at recruiting more people into the profession. She is backing a campaign to recruit more than 5,000 social workers for vulnerable children, adults and families. The Help Give Them a Voice TV campaign is being fronted by a number of leading celebrities, and comes amid fears that recent bad press will deter people from choosing social work as a career.The Children's Secretary wants a more confident, better resourced, and better trained profession.

'Avatar and The Bournemouth supremacy'

With so much educational press written of late on the importance of Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and career opportunities, I particularly enjoyed Lucy Tobin's insightful article in the Guardian (6th March 2010) into the making of the recent sci-fi blockbuster 'Avatar.' The article considers the work done in the different departments of Bournemouth university where expertise is shared in the complimentary disciplines of computer technology and design technology to produce arguably the most talked about film of the year.Read more