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  • Employers want young people to be better prepared for life outside school, says survey

    Businesses want the education system to improve at giving young people the skills they need for work, says the 2014 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey.

    In the survey of 291 companies employing nearly 1.5 million people, over half (61%) are concerned about the resilience and self-management of school leavers and a third (33%) with their attitude to work. By contrast, nearly all firms (96%) are satisfied with young peoples’ IT abilities when they enter the workplace.

    Firms want primary schools to focus on developing literacy and numeracy (85%) with around one-third not satisfied with these skills among school leavers. Half (52%) are urging schools to develop a greater awareness of working life among 14-19 year olds with support from businesses. Companies are prepared to play their part with two-thirds (66%) willing to take on a larger role in the school careers system.

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  • BBC and Pearson College launch new apprenticeship scheme for the business managers of the future

    The BBC and Pearson College have joined forces to launch a Higher Apprenticeship and degree programme for business management in the creative industries.

    • This is a unique opportunity for talented young apprentices to earn while they learn and get a high-quality university degree.
    • Participants gain both a Pearson College Business Management Degree and a Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship.
    • Work placements at the BBC will provide enviable experience of working at the heart of the media industry.
    • First degree-level Business scheme to be offered by the BBC.
    • Two-year scheme opens up entry to the brightest from all backgrounds.
    • Applications are open from 14 April until 4 May 2014.

    The two-year scheme targets those without a degree and opens up entry into the creative industries to the broadest range of backgrounds.

    Alongside teaching at Pearson College to understand key aspects of business – from management and leadership to business law – successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience through three placements within the BBC. These will take place within three of five areas: Television, Marketing and Audiences, Future Media, Policy and Strategy, or Worldwide.

    The scheme provides a Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship incorporating a Pearson College BA (Hons) Business Management* degree with all fees paid, validated by Ashridge Business School, one of the world's leading business schools.

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