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Social mobility through higher education: bridging the gaps: current issues and focus for 2011/12

The Bridge Group is an independent policy association, promoting social mobility through higher education by bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice. Improving social mobility has become a priority in the political landscape in recent years, and now sits at the core of Government activity. Higher education access initiatives have 'come of age' and there is a wealth of expertise and experience to be drawn upon. The wider context however is one of unparalleled uncertainty and flux for the sector and the individuals who work to promote access to it. There is an opportunity and an imperative to ensure that this expertise and best practice is harnessed to inform policy-making in these difficult times. This document outlines the ways in which [the Bridge Group] aim to contribute to this task.

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Corporate authors: Bridge Group (UK)
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Policy;

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Why interns need a fair wage

This briefing paper examines the role and nature of unpaid internships in the UK. Many well-qualified, talented and passionate young people lack the resources to pay their own way through an unpaid internship. [The authors] argue that the informal system of unpaid internships operating in many of [the] most exciting and influential industries actively excludes young people who come from less well-off families. [The authors] propose a gradual phasing out of unpaid internships and discuss some options for ensuring that more young people have access to paid internship opportunities.

This briefing paper examines the role and nature of unpaid internships in the UK. Many well-qualified, talented and ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Lawton, Kayte; Potter, Dominic
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Europe; Great Britain
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Income; Industry; Workforce development;

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Job opportunities in the down-turn

The Irish economy is in the middle of a major down-turn with unemployment having doubled to 11 per cent in the last year, employment falling and redundancies at record levels. There may not be enough jobs for everyone in the next few years and unemployment will rise further. However, there will still be some jobs, and it is useful to be able to identify areas with better prospects both in the short and medium-term. Drawing on a variety of sources of information, this report aims to provide guidance about job openings during the down-turn. It identifies job opportunities in a number of occupations employing large numbers of people that will continue to recruit, areas of growth such as repairs and green energy, start-your-own business, and an ongoing demand for experienced specialists in health and computers.

The Irish economy is in the middle of a major down-turn with unemployment having doubled to 11 per cent in the last year, ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Fox, Roger
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: Ireland; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Economics; Employment; Industry

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MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses [January 2014 update]

This paper updates developments in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), particularly where they may concern European higher education. MOOCs are growing, and while the highest concentration is in the US, around one third of MOOCs involve European higher education institutions. The European Commission has expressed interest in, and support for, exploring the possibilities MOOCs offer. MOOCs have also developed in other regions where existing education structures are well-developed. These courses are not viewed as a replacement for traditional higher education, but as an adjunct to it through blended learning, lifelong learning and continuing professional education. There are concerns about MOOCs but European institutions see forms of technology-enhanced learning in a positive light.

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Authors: Gaebel, Michael
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Paper
Series name: EUA occasional papers
Subjects: Higher education; Teaching and learning; Technology;

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Tracking adult literacy and numeracy skills: findings from longitudinal research

This work is based on the premise that an understanding of the origins of poor literacy and numeracy skills in adulthood and how to improve them is of major importance when society places a high premium on proficiency in these basic skills. This edited collection brings together the results of recent longitudinal studies that add to the knowledge of what works in raising skill levels, as well as the social and economic returns to improvement. Many fundamental research questions in adult education involve change over time: how adults learn, how program participation influences their acquisition of skills and knowledge, and how their educational development interacts with their social and economic performance. Triangulating findings from different methodological perspectives and research designs, and across countries, this work produces convergence on key conclusions about the role of basic skills in the modern life course and the most effective ways of enhancing them.

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Authors: Reder, Stephen; Bynner, John
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe; Scotland;
Resource type: Book
Series name: Routledge research in education
Subjects: Literacy; Numeracy; Language;

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Employment situation of tourism graduates working in and outside the tourism sector

This paper looks at the employment situation of Portuguese tourism graduates, particularly the differences between the work situation of those employed in the tourism sector and those who are working outside this sector. Data was collected through an online questionnaire applied to the Portuguese tourism graduates in Portugal, comparing their salaries, working hours and schedules, contractual situation, hierarchical position and job satisfaction. Results evidenced that the tourism sector is not taking advantage of the available qualified human resources. Moreover, data suggests that tourism graduates employed outside the tourism sector are facing poorer working situations than those graduates employed within this industry.

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Authors: Costa, Carlos; Breda, Zelia; Malek, Anahita;
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Portugal; Europe
Journal title: Journal on business review
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Employment; Students; Industry;

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Climbing the ladder: skills for sustainable recovery

Based on extensive research carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and others, this report gives an overview of the skills challenges currently facing the UK, highlighting the issues confronting those trying to get in to work, progress within work, and develop higher skills through their work. The report outlines the issues to tackle in order to maximise economic growth.

Based on extensive research carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and others, this report gives ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Sustainability; Employment;

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Understanding skills and performance challenges in the logistics sector

This report examines recent changes in the logistics sector with special focus on technological change and the implications for future skills and training needs. It uses a mixed methodology including data analysis, literature review and a series of in-depth interviews and round tables as the basis for analysis. Also included with this publication is an executive summary, slide pack and infographic, presenting the findings contained within the report.

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Authors: Winters, Gwenn; McDonough, Charlotte; Willis, Tim
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: UKCES evidence report
Subjects: Industry; Technology; Skills and knowledge;

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Europe's lost generation

In the wake of the 2008-09 recession, there has been enormous attention on the plight of younger workers. One statistic that is thrown out on an almost daily basis is the massive 50 per cent youth unemployment rates in Greece and Spain. Comparatively, the youth unemployment rates in the US and Canada only ever peaked at 19 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively. But do youth unemployment rates really give the whole story? There are alternative measures to the unemployment rate which present a seemingly different picture of youth unemployment in Europe. In this report, [the author] discusses some of the details of Europe's labour market data and compares it to Canada and the US in order to shed light on just how poor the situation is for European youth looking for work.

In the wake of the 2008-09 recession, there has been enormous attention on the plight of younger workers. One statistic that ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Fong, Francis
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Europe; Greece; Spain;
Resource type: Paper
Series name: TD Economics observation
Subjects: Employment; Participation; Economics;

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Widening access to higher education in divided communities

This book is set against the backdrop of ongoing policy commitment in the UK to widening access and social mobility. It draws on papers originally presented at the 2012 Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) annual conference at the University of Ulster in Derry/Londonderry. It brings together contributions offering a wide range of insights from various perspectives on the effects that different types of division have on collective efforts to widen participation in higher education. Instances of innovative practice are highlighted through comparison and case studies.

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Authors: Hill, Michael; Hudson, Anthony; Jones, Peter;
Conference name: Forum for Access and Continuing Education Annual Conference
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Book
Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Equity;

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