A surge in postgraduate qualifications in recent years is making it harder for young people who simply have primary degrees to stand out in today’s professional labour market, a Sutton Trust report, ‘The Postgraduate Premium’, has revealed.
The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP's) contract management of medical services. The report has criticised the department for ‘poor decision-making’ and has asserted that ‘most of the problems lie firmly within the DWP’, Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts has said.
The government has given up its plans to introduce an English Baccalaureate in place of key GCSEs.
Businesses from all sectors can now apply for a share of up to £240 million to create tailored training programmes that address their skills needs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.
Inclusion has published ‘Lone parent sanctions: a review of international evidence’. The briefing contains findings from a review of evaluations that considered the design, implementation and impact of benefit sanctions, with a particular focus on the experience of lone parents subject to employment related activity requirements.
Thousands of young people are being given the opportunity to receive extra support to help them get an apprenticeship, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has announced.
Tim Riley, Senior Researcher at Inclusion, asks how effective sanctions and labour market activation policies are in reducing child poverty as he considers the issues surrounding increasing employment rates for lone parents.
The Department for Education has announced significant reforms to services for vulnerable children and proposals to allow parents to choose how they share up to a year’s leave to look after their new-born children. The Children and Families Bill includes reforms to adoption, family justice, an overhaul of special educational needs, reinforcing the role of the Children’s Commissioner and plans to introduce childminders agencies.