iCeGS Policy and Research e-briefing February 2012

Policy and Research e-briefings

February 2012

Welcome to the iCeGS Policy and Research e-briefing, providing the most up to date information on what is happening in the research arena of guidance, education, skills and employment.

Highlights of the Month:

Young People and Education:

ACEG (2012). Career and Work Related Framework: Developing Yourself Through Career and Work-Related Education.

This new framework for 2012 brings together in one format a progression of learning outcomes for students aged 7 to 19, incorporating career education and work related learning.

The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment (2012). Youth Unemployment: The Crisis we Cannot Afford.

This report looks at ways of tackling the high level of youth unemployment in the UK.

Andrews, D. (2012). Schools Taking on Responsibility for Careers Guidance: Emerging Models.

This occasional paper examines the range of career education models that schools are adopting and concludes with a checklist of actions for schools.

Bartlett, J. (2012). A Model Role Evaluation of Mosaic Mentoring Programmes.

Demos undertook an evaluation of the Mosaic mentoring programme, to measure its success in raising aspirations in young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The evaluation comprised two parts. The first part is an evaluation of the mentors' attitudes about the programme, based on survey responses from 61 mentors. The second is a 12-month longitudinal evaluation of the effect of the programme on the mentees, which measured mentees' aspirations, attitudes and soft skills before and after they took part in the programme.

City and Guilds (2012). The Economic Value of Apprenticeships.

This report to assess the potential economic value from Million Extra - the campaign to ensure one million apprenticeship starts from 2011 to 2013. The report focuses on the benefits that completion of apprenticeships brings to individuals, to employers and to the country as a whole.

Clegg, N. (2012). Radical new approach to defuse 'ticking time bomb' of NEETs.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled a pioneering scheme to get 16- and 17-year-olds who are out of work and not in education, earning or learning again. The scheme is based on payment by results, where charities and businesses with expertise in supporting young people are being invited to bid for contracts worth up to £2,200 for every young person they help.

de Raaf, S., Shek-wai Hui, T. and Vincent, C. (2012). How Web-based Technologies Can Improve the Career Choices of Young People.

The report from Canada is based on exploring the impact of Career Motion through a randomised control trial. The trial sought to measure both attitudes e.g. via the Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy and the labour market position of the individuals in the study. This quantitative study was then supported with qualitative focus groups.

Eurofound (2012). Recent Policy Developments Related to Those not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs).

This report summarises the findings from 28 national reports by experts from the 'European Restructuring Monitor' (ERM) network on the topic of public and social partner based measures aimed at re-engaging young NEETs (aged 15-29 years).

Evans, J. (2012). Staying the Course Disadvantaged Young People's Experiences in the First Term of the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

This report takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.

Institute of Career Guidance (ICG) (2012). Facing up to the Future: How Schools in England are Responding to New Responsibilities for Careers Information Advice and Guidance.

This report from the ICG discusses how English schools are responding to the new career guidance landscape in which they have a statutory duty to provide independent and impartial career IAG with very little recourse to support them.

Mann, A. (2012). It's who you Meet: Why Employer Contacts at School Make a Difference to the Employment Prospects of Young Adults.

The research  is based on a survey undertaken by YouGov which asked young adults aged 19-24 about their current employment status and to reflect on their experiences of the world of work whist they were at school.

Mayor of London (2012). The Mayor's Education Inquiry: First Report. London Context and Call for Evidence.

The Mayor's Education Inquiry, which will run until September 2012, will explore the critical challenges facing London's primary and secondary schools. This is the first report and call for evidence. For career guidance the report stresses the vital importance of it to young people and expresses concerns about the current reforms.

Munro, E.R., Lushey, C., Maskell-Graham, D. and Ward, H. with Holmes, L. (2012). Evaluation of the Staying Put: 18 Plus Family Placement Programme: Final Report.

The overarching aim of the evaluation was to assess the effectiveness and impact of the staying put pilots in meeting their objectives and promoting positive outcomes for young people making the transition from care to independence.

Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) (2012). "National Validation Procedures for Careers Education & Guidance Now Established".

The newly constituted Consortium Board for the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) held its inaugural meeting on 26th January and has confirmed all arrangements for the new Standard. For further information visit the Careers England website.

Scottish Government (2012). Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy.

This is the draft Scottish Government youth employment strategy, it includes the commitment to create 230,000 training places.

Skandia (2012). First Steps to Wealth: A Study of Career and Earning Opportunities for Young Britons.

This report looks at the options and future earning potential for young people in the UK.

Adult Guidance and Skills:

Dickerson, A., Wilson, R. and Kik, G. (2012). Developing Occupational Skills Profiles for the UK: A Feasibility Study.

This technical report examines how we could potentially exploit comprehensive occupational-level information collected and used within the US via the Occupational Information Network system (O*NET). The report describes the approach the authors took to match information from O*NET to UK Standard Occupational Classification codes and test the feasibility of the information being used in a UK context.

EURDICE and Eurostat (2012). Key Data on Education in Europe 2012.

The report shows that the number of graduates specialising in education is falling at a time when many current teachers are approaching retirement age. But it also highlights encouraging signs: funding for education is stable in most Member States and it underlines that higher education remains the best insurance policy against unemployment, with graduates more likely to find a job faster than non-graduates.

Maria P. Paix√£o, M.P., Silva, J.T. & Oliveira, A. (2012). Perspectives on Guidance and Counselling as Strategic Tools to Improve Lifelong Learning in Portugal.

This paper mainly focus on a brief discussion on the question of the guidance and counselling services and their coordination in Portugal.

NIACE and Pearson (2012). The Apprentices' Journey.

The experiences of the adults nominated for the Apprentice of the Year are an unusual source of information which might assist further policy thinking on adult apprenticeships. This report focuses on how the nominees learnt about apprenticeships, how they got onto their apprenticeship, and how
they were supported once on the apprenticeship.

UKCES (2012). Employer Ownership of Skills Prospectus.

This prospectus gives details of a £250 million pilot to encourage ownership of the skils agenda to got to employers

Vogler-Ludwig, K., Giernalczyk, H., Stock, L. and Hogarth, T. (2012). International Approaches to the Development of Intermediate Level Skills and Apprenticeships.

This report presents an international comparison of the intermediate skills systems (particularly apprenticeship programmes) in Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

Further and Higher Education

BERA-UCET Working Group on Education Research (2012). Prospects for Education Research in Education Departments in Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

This report reviews the prospects for education research in the coming years focuses on education departments in UK HEIs.

Grist, M. (2012). Future Universities Towards a Genuinely Sustainable System.

Future Universities examines the White Paper, putting it in historical perspective and assessing whether it will succeed in achieving its stated aims. It identifies a significant problem at the core of government policy: the fact that the generous terms of the new student loans settlement will create a large amount of unpaid debt for future generations.

LSIS and MEG (2012). FE College/HE Institution Partnership Checklist.

This checklist has been developed by the Mixed Economy Group (MEG) and its member colleges, with support from LSIS for governors, trustees and leaders of FE Colleges who are considering extending or establishing their delivery of higher education (HE) provision.  It offers advice to support your strategic considerations as the implications of the government's reform of higher education take effect over the next few years.

Mellors-Bourne, R., Jackson, C. and Hodges, V. (2012). What do Researchers Want to do?

This study looks at doctoral researches career plansand finds, that for many postgraduates, undertaking a doctorate is an exploratory career stage, not a definite first step to a research career. Even for those in later years of their doctoral programme, only a minority had definite ideas about their future.

Schmuecker, K. and Cook, W. (2012). Beyond Bricks and Mortar Boards: Universities' Role in Building Regional Economies.

This report explores the opportunities for universities to contribute more to their local economy in the new economic development landscape.

Wilson, R., Truss, E., Stuart, G., MP &  Clappison, J. (2012). Achieving Fair Access: Removing Barriers, Realising Potential.

The report makes a series of bold recommendations to enhance social mobility by increasing accessibility for disadvantaged students to the best universities, based on merit.

Workforce Development and Employment:

Adams, L., Oldfield, K., Riley, C. and Skone James, A. (2012). Destinations of Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance Leavers 2011.

This report details findings from a study conducted to explore the destinations of a cohort of individuals who ended a claim for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). This study aimed to provide the best possible estimate of the immediate and substantive destinations of leavers from JSA, IS and ESA benefit groups. The study explores movement into paid employment and the sustainability of this employment for each benefit group; movement onto and between different out-of-work benefits; and other reasons for ending a benefit claim. Information on leavers' salaries and number of hours worked was also collected.

Alakeson, V. (2012). The Price of Motherhood: Women and Part-time Work.

This report shows the results of a survey of 1610 part-time working women, conducted by the Resolution Foundation in partnership with online parenting organisation Netmums. Profiles the working patterns and family composition of the survey respondents. Looks at: whether part-time work is a free choice; the financial and occupational penalties associated with part-time work; and barriers to full-time work, such as lack of affordable childcare.

Damm, C. (2012). The Third Sector Delivering Employment Services: An Evidence Review.

Outlines developments regarding the work of third sector organisations in employment services, specifically those relating to the Work Programme.

McQuaid, R., Raeside, R. Canduela,J.,Egdell, V. and Lindsay, C. (2012). Engaging Low Skilled Employees in Workplace Learning.

This report sets out the findings of a study into the motivators and barriers to participation in workplace learning by low skilled employees.

Mowlam, A., Bridges, S., Gill, V., MacGregor, A., Ranasinghe, J. and Tideswell, E. (2012). Active at 60: Local Evaluation Research: Final Report.

Active at 60 Local was a pilot initiative commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to identify the scope for utilising smart technology to, deliver services more effectively to older people, and leverage increased levels of activity among older people.

Wilson, T. (2012). A Review of Business-University Collaboration.

Following the Higher Education White Paper in June 2011 Professor Tim Wilson has led a review of Business-University Collaboration and this is the final report. 

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