A recent study conducted by leading student-focused research company trendence UK has revealed that school students are still far less likely to consider an apprenticeship over university. With the apprenticeship levy enacted in April, this raises the question of whether schools are doing enough to effectively advise their students about the increased range of opportunities available.
Canvassing 12,800 students across the UK, the survey gathered student experiences and thoughts about career planning, university and work.
This year TARGETjobs’ ‘IT’s not just for the boys!’ event will partner with BlackRock - the world's largest asset management company. BlackRock will be the headline programme partner for the event, and will host 2 of the 3 events taking place in 2017/18.
Now in its eighth year, ‘IT’s not just for the boys!’ seeks to address the urgent need for more female graduates in the technology sector. Through a series of inspiring talks, structured networking, skills-building workshops, technology-based team challenges and recruiter discussions, it gives female students an exclusive opportunity to experience the passion and excitement of working in technology and to speak directly to firms offering fantastic career opportunities, in varying industries.
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This week, the annual Guardian UK300 publication announced the top 300 most popular employers, as voted by 62,814 students in early 2017.
A notable addition to the 2017/18 rankings is television broadcasting company, Channel 4. Entering the list at an impressive fifth place, the majority of the previous top 10 names have moved down a place to accommodate the new arrival. Channel 4’s entry is a result of its ‘4Talent’ scheme, which offers a wide range of opportunities such as events and workshops as well as specific work programmes. This drive to nurture early talent in the industry helps make the employer highly popular with undergraduates.
On the 27th April, London’s iconic BT Tower hosted a selection of exceptionally driven teenagers, as the gauntlet was thrown-down to identify the best and brightest school leavers from around the country.
Students spent the course of the day competing in the Grand Final of the TARGETcareers School Leavers' Challenge - a regional and nationwide championship, headline partnered by BT and supported by leading talent assessment experts, Capp.
With greater awareness being made regarding school leaver options for both university and apprenticeships, the Challenge is a unique way of getting school students to start considering their career options and their strengths in an interactive way.