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  • Labour Conference Room

    Our Top Takeaways from the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences

    Our Top Takeaways from the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences October was another busy month for Speakers for Schools on the policy front with our CEO Nick Brook heading to the North-West of England for two lively fringe panel events at the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences that each featured an impressive lineup of experts […]

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  • Funbi Akande, Policy Officer at Speakers for Schools

    Skills shortage increase sends an important message to us all

    Skills shortage increase sends an important message to us all New data from the Employer skills survey published September 2023 shows persistent skills challenges that businesses are facing. Over 72,000 employers in multiple sectors were surveyed to provide insight into the evolving labour market, focusing on skill-shortage vacancies, training and skill gaps across all regions […]

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  • Portrait of Anastacia Warton

    Why work experience matters to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) 

    Why work experience matters to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)  We know there is a scarring effect of unemployment; young people with a history of unemployment face long-term consequences such as lower wages and fewer career prospects, all of which can have a profound and damaging effect on a […]

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  • APPG Conference July 2023

    Our response to the APPG report on Youth Affairs

    Our response to the APPG report on Youth Affairs By Funbi Akande, Policy Officer Four key takeaways from the new report Speakers for Schools is committed to showing young people what the future of work looks like, and the skills needed to thrive in rapidly evolving workplaces. So, we are glad to see the APPG […]

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  • Portrait of Olly Newton-Edge

    Addressing the skills shortage and preparing young people for their futures

    Addressing the skills shortage and preparing young people for their futures How can we address skills shortages and prepare young people for flourishing future careers? The abrupt rise of AI automation is the latest evidence of the UK labour market undergoing a transformation not seen since the industrial revolution. This time, though, it is not […]

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  • Robert Peston founder of Speakers for Schools introducing new Work Experience For All Campaign at conference.

    From tick box to ticking all boxes 

    From tick box to ticking all boxes  Our response to the Education Select Committee’s report on careers education  By Dr Elnaz Kashef, Head of Research & Policy   Today, the Education Select Committee publishes its report on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).   We welcome the key points raised in the report; many of the […]

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  • Educating parents and carers: the role of parents and carers in career conversations  

    Educating parents and carers: the role of parents and carers in career conversations   Elnaz Kashefpakdel and Fiona Long   Parents and carers are vital partners in their child’s education; their support and involvement are crucial. In fact, their involvement actively contributes to improved outcomes for young people. This is the case generally in education attainment and […]

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  • Portrait of Robert Peston

    Watch our founder Robert Peston take the floor at the Education Select Committee.

    Watch our founder Robert Peston take the floor at the Education Select Committee. Make high quality work experience accessible to all! At the end of last month, Robert Peston was a guest panellist at the sixth session into the inquiry of careers education at the Education Select Committee. Robert highlighted the benefits of virtual and hybrid work experience and made an […]

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  • Student Josh at aviation work experience

    Government and private sector can support Levelling-Up through virtual work experience

    Government and private sector can support Levelling-Up through virtual work experience Scaling up the number of work experience placements delivered virtually can meet the government’s objective of spreading opportunity more fairly, argues Speakers for Schools. The social mobility charity is calling on the government to include work experience in its “Levelling Up Agenda” and asks […]

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  • The Social Mobility Commission report: State of the nation 2021

    The Social Mobility Commission report: State of the nation 2021: Social mobility and the pandemic Against the backdrop of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) has taken a deep look at the progress made in all four UK nations in tackling poverty, addressing inequality, and improving social mobility. The report reveals that across the […]

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