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Wage subsidies and hiring chances for the disabled: some causal evidence

In [this] study, [the author] conducts a large-scale field experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of wage subsidies in terms of integrating the disabled into the labour market. Two applications for male graduates, identical except that one reveals a disability, are sent out to 768 vacancies in the Flemish labour market. In addition, [the author] alternates between pairs in which the disabled candidate also mentions entitlement to a wage subsidy, the Flemish Supporting Subsidy, amounting to between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of the total wage cost, and pairs in which the disabled candidate does not. Monitoring the subsequent call-back learns that the likelihood to receive a positive response to a job application, being a disabled candidate, is not influenced by revealing wage subsidy entitlement.

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Authors: Baert, Stijn
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Belgium; Europe
Resource type: Discussion paper
Series name: IZA discussion paper
Subjects: Labour market; Disability; Employment;

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Modeling preservice teachers' TPACK competencies based on ICT usage

The purpose of this study was to build a model that predicts the relationships between the technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) competencies and information and communication technology (ICT) usages. Research data were collected from 3105 Turkish preservice teachers. The TPACK-Deep Scale, ICT usage phase survey and the ICT usage level survey were used to collect the research data. The structural regression model was conducted to test the model regarding the fact that ICT usage phases and ICT usage levels were predictors of TPACK competencies.

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Authors: Yurdakul, I. Kabakci; Coklar, A. N.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Turkey; Europe
Journal title: Journal of computer assisted learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Skills and knowledge

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The rhetoric and the reality of apprenticeship: a comparative study of the English, Finnish and French apprenticeship systems for 16-18 year olds

This paper reports findings from a study of the English, Finnish and French systems of apprenticeship for 16-18 year olds to provide a comparative perspective to the discussion of the role of employers in England. Rather than focusing on the German model of apprenticeship, this study examines three different European systems where apprenticeship for 16-18 year olds remains a pathway for the minority.

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Authors: Mazenod, Anna
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: France; Finland; England;
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Apprenticeship; Research; Governance;

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Open Access: an independent evaluation

This paper shows that during a person's early career, between the ages of 26 and 42, someone attending independent school in the UK will earn on average 193,700 pounds more than someone attending a state school. However, the vast majority of pupils who attend independent schools come from wealthy backgrounds and the opportunity to benefit from an independent education is typically determined by the ability to pay the fees.

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Authors: Broughton, Nida; Ezeyi, Onyinye; Hupkau, Claudia;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Outcomes; Equity; Disadvantaged;

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Stimulating interest in STEM careers among students in Europe: supporting career choice and giving a more realistic view of STEM at work

This paper reviews the situation in terms of skills gap in Europe from a general [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] STEM perspective but also reviewing existing data on specific sub-areas of STEM skills. The author summarises results from European STEM research and awareness-raising projects taking place over the last five years. The focus is on initiatives that are based on school-industry partnerships. The author categorises projects according to a typology developed in previous STEM education research. Recommendations are made for futures areas of research yet to be explored.

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Authors: Joyce, Alexa
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Career development; Skills and knowledge; Industry;

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Mickey Mouse learning: discourses of the vocational/technical in higher education

[In this paper the authors argue that] within the frame of UK [higher education] HE policy making, discursive distinctions between 'academic' learning and 'vocational/technical' skills for 'employability' are being used to justify contemporary reform of HE. This paper seeks to investigate this reform agenda from a practitioner perspective using two case studies from Newman University: the first explores an attempt to move beyond deficit models of graduate skills gaps, drawing upon current practices in work-related learning within undergraduate programs; and the second investigates the discursive marginalisation of media studies, its subsequent excision from the portfolio of courses offered and associated wider implications of reform in terms of preparing students for their career aspirations.

[In this paper the authors argue that] within the frame of UK [higher education] HE policy making, discursive distinctions ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Richmond, Harriet; Sanders, Richard
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Research; Higher education; Employment;

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Vision for science and mathematics education

This report advocates the need to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the UK. It outlines a vision for science and mathematics education from 5-18 years of age to build on existing good practice in primary and secondary schools. The vision aims to raise the general level of mathematical and scientific knowledge and confidence in the population. Additionally, it aims to link learning and skills to the current and future needs of the UK economy.

This report advocates the need to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the UK. It ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: The Royal Society (Charity)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: The Royal Society Science Policy Centre report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Governance;

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Hungarian migrants in the UK labour market: a pilot study on the former education of Hungarian migrants and on underutilisation of their skills in the UK

This study investigated the views and experiences of 10 Hungarian migrants living in the south-east of England. The data suggest that the UK offers better opportunities for Hungarian migrants to find employment than Hungary, and that there are better chances for them in the UK to establish financial security. Many of the interviewees have already worked excessive hours in Hungary, and some also engaged in low-skilled and low-paid work before coming to the UK. All interviewees were well educated at levels 3, 4 and 5 and often had two to three qualifications. In spite of this most interviewees found employment in the UK in low-skilled and low-paid work. English language skills, unknown Hungarian qualifications, lack of UK work experience, lack of time, and lack of financial resources were the main reasons for not being able to negotiate better jobs and starting higher on the job ladder.

This study investigated the views and experiences of 10 Hungarian migrants living in the south-east of England. The data ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Laczik, Andrea
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Hungary; England; Great Britain;
Resource type: Paper
Series name: SKOPE research paper
Subjects: Migrants; Labour market; Employment;

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The impact of work experience on student outcomes: implications for policy and practice

This paper sets out to demonstrate how experiences of work can impact upon student outcomes; including progression to a graduate level job, attainment of a good degree and avoidance of unemployment in the period immediately following graduation. Data included is based on a longitudinal research study of student/graduate career development undertaken between 2006 and 2012, known as 'Futuretrack'. The authors then explore the nature of university-business collaboration in respect of the provision of work experiences (work-based learning and work placements) to identify the components of 'quality' work experiences and the ways in which employers engage with both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.

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Authors: McCulloch, Andrew; Artess, Jane; Herrmann, Keith
Conference name: Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Employment; Students; Outcomes;

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Inventing the future: transforming STEM economies

This paper investigates how to best prepare the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce for both visible and unforeseeable challenges to come. The goals of the paper are to: get a sense of how STEM-based companies see the future; pave the way for a more effective transfer of knowledge between industry and education, particularly at technical and vocational level; explore the qualities and attributes that technologists of the future need to develop; and examine how local and national government funding can support the process.

This paper investigates how to best prepare the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce for both ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Medhat, Sa'ad
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Workforce development; Industry; Outcomes;

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