Sunak’s job placements: kick starting the Covid Generation?

Welcomed by the TUC  and  Labour, Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a  £2 billion job placement scheme for 350 000 young people likely to be unemployed as a result of the Covid crisis, is a big step for a Tory Party that less than six months ago was committed to reigning in public spending to balance … Continue reading Sunak’s job placements: kick starting the Covid Generation?

Sunak promises more: but what are ‘traineeships’?

The Chancellor has announced plans to triple the number of 'traineeships', giving businesses a  £1,000 bonus for taking on a young person. So what are traineeships and what does it mean for young people? To begin with traineeships are not new. They were started in 2013  as a pre employment opportunity for young people under … Continue reading Sunak promises more: but what are ‘traineeships’?

With up to 13 universities facing bankruptcy; is the student bubble about to burst?

The latest Institute for Fiscal Studies report outlines the perilous financial situation facing universities. UK higher education expanded as a result of 'mass participation' – as  young people, encouraged by government, but also facing declining employment options flooded to university despite the fees. As a result, the total income of the UK university sector is … Continue reading With up to 13 universities facing bankruptcy; is the student bubble about to burst?

THE COVID-19 CRISIS AND THE FUTURE OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, A GREEN PAPER

Jane Lethbridge and Patrick Ainley Business Faculty, University of Greenwich This Green paper is an indicative draft for discussion, a think-piece for staff and students at a university confronting the crisis of Tertiary Education with proposals presenting Green policy solutions.   Introduction Tertiary Education (TE) is in crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic impacting upon … Continue reading THE COVID-19 CRISIS AND THE FUTURE OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, A GREEN PAPER

What price the Covid Generation?

Martin Allen & Patrick Ainley (presentation to Socialist Education Association 26/06/20) Download in Word format Losing out most from the financial crash of 2008 but already referred to as a ‘Lost Generation’ today’s youth, whether they are students or looking for employment will constitute a ‘Covid Generation’ and continue to suffer prolonged disadvantages. Yet the … Continue reading What price the Covid Generation?

Zoomie jobs and Zombie jobs

As a  previous post has indicated, the Covid crisis has given  new impetus to working from home. https://education-economy-society.com/2020/04/02/theres-no-place-like-home-working-practices-after-the-crisis/ Subsequent findings confirm its increasing popularity. According to UGov (13/05) more than 4 in 10 of the pre-crisis workforce are exclusively working from home (38%), with another 8% now doing so some of the time. Prior to … Continue reading Zoomie jobs and Zombie jobs

Jobless figures: the lull before the storm

Although there are plenty of pointers, yesterday's employment statistics didn't  tell us very much about the real effects of the covid crisis on the labour market - and particularly the fate of young people, a new 'Covid Generation' It's been predicted youth unemployment will rise by 600,000. As with figures for unemployment across the population, … Continue reading Jobless figures: the lull before the storm

Boris Johnson’s apprenticeship promise

In some respects, Boris Johnson’s promise of an apprenticeship to every young person is reminiscent of David Cameron’s pledge to create three million new apprenticeships over 5 years. In other respects the circumstances are quite different. Cameron apprenticeship promise was made in the run up to the 2015 election; but now the government is bracing … Continue reading Boris Johnson’s apprenticeship promise

As a new academic year approaches, Scottish parents call for virtual school.

As anxieties grow at the prospect of continued home schooling into the autumn, some Scottish  parents are calling for a Scotland-wide virtual school. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/31/parents-call-for-virtual-school-for-scottish-pupils Scottish schools are due to reopen in early August, but without a vaccine and with coronavirus being suppressed and contained rather than eliminated,  it is difficult to imagine a full return. … Continue reading As a new academic year approaches, Scottish parents call for virtual school.

Despite inequalities in ‘on-line’ and home learning – a different type of school is necessary.

Government  is trying to get schools open before the academic year ends. Many Tories have long wanted to open primary schools in particular, so parents can get back to work –so reducing further hits to the economy; but others including the Childrens Commissioner, the Head of Ofsted and some Labour front-benchers, are now increasingly concerned … Continue reading Despite inequalities in ‘on-line’ and home learning – a different type of school is necessary.