Weekly Customer Insight Library Update June 17, 2011Posted by bean1 in : Uncategorized , trackback
This weeks articles include:
New guide for universities to manage intellectual property (press release)
Jenkins, S. et al. (2011) What do employers want from an aligned employment and skills system? (Research report no 743)
Investigates what employers want from a joined up employment and skills system, and how seamless employers and other stakeholders perceive the current system to be. Draws on a review of existing literature on employer perceptions and 41 interviews with stakeholders in government, public sector agencies, employer representative bodies and employers of varying sizes and sectors across England.
Gee, J. et al (2011) The road to work and opportunity in the 21st century: empowered, employed, enriched – opening doors to work and benefitting the nation
Makes recommendations for tackling unemployment through the coalition government’s Work Programme. Outlines the recent development of welfare to work provision, from the New Deal’s introduction in 1997, to the Freud report in 2007, the introduction of the Flexible New Deal in 2009 and the Work Programme in 2010. Discusses the nature and impact of unemployment and the relevance of assistance to change employment. Looks at the effectiveness of social networks and outplacement arrangements (alongside welfare to work provision) in mitigating the impact of unemployment.
CBI (2011) Building for growth: business priorities for education and skills – education and skills survey 2011
Presents the results of the Education and Skill Survey 2011, which surveyed 566 businesses of a range of sizes and sectors across the UK. Provides an overview of results relating to: employers investment in skills, including apprenticeships; the development of employability skills in young people; employees’ core skills, such as literacy and numeracy; current and future skill levels; employers’ support for education; the demand and supply of science, technology and engineering (STEM) skills; partnership working with universities; support for the development of business-relevant skills; and language skills. Highlights the concerns of employers in relation to the low level of literacy, numeracy and employability skills of many school and college leavers.
Davis, C. & Corfe, S. (2011) Degrees of doubt: is university worth the investment? Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Examines recent trends in the graduate labour market, assessing changes in the employment destination of recent university leavers. Looks at graduate underemployment and graduate unemployment, and compares the destinations of university leavers with those who choose vocational qualifications rather than higher education. Concludes that university education is presently failing many graduates and that a renewed focus on high-quality vocational qualifications may be a more desirable form of education for many. Makes recommendations for policy makers.
Copies of any of the featured articles may be accessed from Helenor.Fisher@gcu.ac.uk