University graduates are immature, irresponsible and cannot communicate effectively when the enter the workplace, the skills minister has suggested as she urged more people to do apprenticeships instead. Anne Milton MP, a former nurse, said that many employers have been reducing their graduate programmes, and in some cases axing them completely. She told how business leaders are “always moaning about people who came out of university”, saying that their degree was not relevant to the workplace and so it can take 18 months to two years to get them “up to speed”. "Businesses have said for a long time, ‘it’s all very well you churning out these graduates but we need skills’ - a degree isn’t necessarily transferable into the workplace.” Meanwhile, she said that 18-year-olds who enrol on “degree apprenticeship” programmes can study while gaining workplace experience at the same time. “What you gain in your first year of … [Read more...] about Graduates are immature, skills minister suggests as she urges youngsters to do apprenticeships
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The first step to getting help is, it is universally accepted, to acknowledge you need it. But sometimes the barriers go up before you can get to that point. Coaching is expected in disciplines such as sport, dance, music, but what about in life and in business?For two Lancashire businesswomen coaching is not just their chosen calling, it has changed their lives.Kate Pollitt of Desire Branding is due to qualify as a business coach in March, a skill she will offer as part of her services to clients.Her journey to qualification started when she decided to invest in coaching for her own business which she set up 14 years ago. The Ribble Valley-based graphic designer and branding expert said: “I was seeking a business coach for me and this ran in parallel with the fact that working very closely with small business owners they would sometimes come to me with things that were not branding and marketing-related and I didn’t feel equipped to help them - things like work life … [Read more...] about Can coaching change your life for the better? These two Lancashire businesswomen believe it can.
Parents have welcomed a new community room at their children’s school where they can access a range of support and activities. The Treehouse room at Oakhill Primary is part of a £19,500 investment in new facilities and has been kitted out with comfy seating, a mini-kitchen, books and play equipment. There is also space for meetings, drop-in sessions and adult and family learning classes. The newly extended room used to be home to the school’s library, which has now been relocated to another part of the building. Lead learning mentor Jo Somogy said they have lots of plans. She added: “We are aiming to open it on demand. We want to bring more people from the community into school. “We will be having free ‘stay and play’ for pre-school learners, chill and chat sessions and a parenting programme. “There will also be health drop-ins on a variety of topics, ranging from period poverty to dental health. We are looking at links with the West End … [Read more...] about School’s new community room is fully kitted out & open to the public
HANDS up if you’re excited about returning to work tomorrow after two weeks of sleeping in late, sitting around in pyjamas watching Netflix and eating too much? Don’t all shout at once. I get it. There is nothing cosier than the cocoon of Christmas. And leaving it is a wrench. So a lot of people will be full of dread at the prospect of going back to work. But I actually think that January can be one of the most productive, exciting and dynamic months. And just in case you don’t agree, I’m going to share my tips on how to make January into Fan(tastic)uary. The first step is to focus on what you want out of this new year. Because if you don’t make a plan you will end up exactly where you started, but this time in 2020. If you hate your job, don’t just keep saying that: Work out why you hate it and what steps you need to take to change it. Brush up on your skills. Look for learning opportunities wherever you can — and take them. From eating … [Read more...] about Focus on making January your most productive month by learning skills, developing your CV and applying for jobs
Poorer children in half of areas across England are falling further behind their classmates in vital communication skills during the first year of primary school, new analysis finds. The “early learning gap” between children from low income families and their better-off peers has widened in 76 out of 152 local authorities in England, a report from charity Save the Children says. Poorer children starting primary school in these areas are being left further behind their classmates in skills – such as speaking in full sentences, following simple instructions and expressing themselves. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a … [Read more...] about Poorer children in half of England areas fall further behind peers for communication skills