School leavers lack key employability skills

A survey published by the Confederation of British Industry highlights the lack of key employability skills in the majority of young school leavers. Key areas of concern are English, numeracy, self-management and the growing decline in students taking STEM subjects.

A spokesman for the Department of Education agreed that it is right for employers to raise concerns and commented that the Government are commited to “The recruitment of specialist maths teachers, introducing phonics-based reading for six-year-olds and restoring the rigour of GCSE and A-level exams” in order to help improve matters.

See the full BBC news story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13310246

Nationwide Education will soon be launching an Employability  resources for ages 4-16 helping to develop key employability skills in students and to encourage career aspirations. Keep checking the website for more details. www.NationwideEducation.co.uk

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Can you ever erase yourself from the internet?

Well not according to this article which discusses a case currently going through the European Courts . Whilst the feeling from the judiciary is that privacy settings on online accounts, such as Facebook, should by default be set to the highest settings, the fact is that most of our data is shared with other companies meaning that control is quickly lost by us (the individual) and the company providing or selling our data (e.g. Facebook).

The conclusion of this author (Adam Hartley, MSN) is that when posting online, assume that you lose all control of that information and be prepared to have it shared with others.

Read the full article for more details: http://tech.uk.msn.com/features/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=156834194

The attributes of the average person!

National Geographic have researched the characteristics of the most average human being on the planet and listed the following as attributes of the ‘average person’:

  • The World’s largest ethnic group is Han Chinese (they predict this will be Indian by 2030) making this the ethnic background of the average person
  • Males outnumber females
  • The average median age is 28
  • Most of the population own a cell phone but do not have a bank account
  • The average wage is less than $12,000 a year
  • Most of the World population is right handed.

Watch the You Tube video to meet the man who has all of these characteristics, does he look familiar?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B2xOvKFFz4

The rise in pay day loans

Since the credit crunch began in 2007 short term or ‘pay day’ loans have risen sharply with over one hundred online sites offering “quick cash”. With extortionate interest rates and quick online applications are we facing a new financial crisis?

Read the full story on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12663243

The burden of modern parents

The dilemmas of juggling long working hours, modern conveniences and gadgets with children. An insight from Sophie Raworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12664259

The Forbes top money mistakes passed on to our children

Published in yesterdays (1st March) Forbes this article contains some interesting insights into the astuteness of children and the importance of leading by example, particularly when it comes to money management.

The big ‘no-no’s’ are not talking openly about money and leading by bad example. See the full article here, including interesting commentary from David Bach, an American entrepreneur who bought hist first stock aged seven: http://blogs.forbes.com/jennagoudreau/2011/03/01/top-money-mistakes-pass-to-kids-children-teach-lessons/

Does education reduce blood pressure?

Research published in the BMC Public Health Journal suggests a link between high levels of education and low blood pressure.

While The British Heart Foundation have acknowledged the link, they stress that the main factors are  socio-economic, with those staying in education longer much more likely to be in better paid jobs and in better health generally.

To view the full BBC article see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12577353

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