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Becci Newton

Joy Williams

Industry placements and T Levels – stepping up to meet the skills challenge

6 December 2018

Becci Newton and Joy Williams discuss the findings from IES' Evaluation of the Industry Placements Pilot as well as implications for T Levels going forward.


Using data to improve employment support for refugee communities
Rosie Gloster, Helena Takala (IES) and Alice Thornton (Renaisi), 28 November

Free movement will not end with this deal - and that's welcome news
Tony Wilson, 15 November

Austerity, welfare reform and local growth - what to look out for in the 2018 Autumn Budget
Tony Wilson, 25 October

Stress and mental health at work: half a decade in policy and practice
Sally Wilson, 10 October

Addressing today's labour market challenges is a huge task, but we need to try and our work can help
Tony Wilson, 5 October

Further decline in EU workers prompts fears of labour shortages
Jim Hillage, 16 August

Sickness absence falls, but is there a sting in the tail?
Jim Hillage, 1 August

Seven ways online platforms have changed how we work
Rosie Gloster, 26 July

Young people still struggle to thrive in today's labour market
Jim Hillage, 12 July

Cultivating compassion: who cares for NHS staff?
Kate Spiegelhalter, 5 July

Our response to the government's consultations on modern working practices
Charlotte Zealley, 27 June

Why is take-up of shared parental leave so low? Learning from parents' return to work decisions
Rosie Gloster, 14 June

What does the future of volunteering look like?
Joy Williams, 7 June

The labour market past and future: fifty years of IES insights
Jim Hillage, 31 May

Is wellbeing a missing link in our search for productivity growth?
Stephen Bevan, 15 May

Apprenticeship Levy: is it working?
Becci Newton, 6 April

Volunteering: it makes a difference
Joy Williams, 21 February

Government response to the Taylor Review: damp squib or small step in the right direction?
Nigel Meager, 7 February


What do we mean by inclusive teaching and learning?
Emma Pollard, 9 November

How will ending free movement impact UK employers?
Erica Consterdine, 4 October

Now you see it, now you don't: Contrasting approaches to fairness and change in UK and Korean pay policies
Duncan Brown, 2 October

How many nurses is a university vice-chancellor worth?
Duncan Brown, 12 September

Matthew Taylor: a reflection on good work
Penny Tamkin, 16 August

Is 'good work' the ultimate workplace health intervention?
Stephen Bevan, 19 July

Public sector pay: Scrap the cap?
Duncan Brown, 5 July

Brexit and the impact on higher education: one year on

Brexit and higher education: the impact on staff and funding one year on
Joy Williams, 23 June

Brexit and higher education: the impact on students one year on
Alex Martin, 23 June

Clarity must be the order of the day for business in Brexit negotiations
Guest blog: Adam Marshall, 31 May

Silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion: reflections on teachers working longer
Annette Cox, 14 March

Women, work and caring: unspoken expectations and stifled careers
Sally Wilson, 8 March

Older women at work: doubly disadvantaged?
Rosa Marvell, 8 March

Two cheers for the PM's focus on mental health at work
Stephen Bevan, 9 January


Brexit, population ageing and nursing shortages: A perfect storm?
Rachel Marangozov, 20 December

Working beyond retirement - the new prescription for good health?
Stephen Bevan, 8 December

Higher education in a post-Brexit world
Joy Williams, 28 September

How will Brexit impact UK employment legislation?
David Yeandle OBE, Guest blog, 19 September

Precarious work - a slippery concept?
Andrea Broughton, 9 September

Immigration and Brexit: Four challenges
Madeleine Sumption, Guest blog, 1 September

EU immigration: impacts and prospects for the UK labour market
Sophie Hedges, 26 August

Absolutely Favelas: Rio as a catalyst for sustainable growth
Sam Swift, 5 August

A third of nurses due to retire in the next 10 years. Who is going to plug the gap?
Rachel Marangozov, 8 July

What does Brexit mean for employment?
Jim Hillage, 29 June

Careers advice is crucial, but what can schools do?
Rosa Marvell, 20 June

Who cares for working carers?
Andrea Broughton, 9 June

Time for employers to take up the social mobility baton from HE
Emma Pollard, 15 April

More apprenticeships, but some are locked out
Jonathan Buzzeo, 16 March

The true cost of 'welfare tourism'
Rachel Marangozov, 11 February


How are employers attracting the right graduates?
Wendy Hirsh, 10 December

Growing entrepreneurship: is it good for the workers?
Nigel Meager, 16 November

India and the UK: a golden opportunity?
Sam Swift, 11 November

Workplace stress: an ongoing issue
Sally Wilson, 5 November 2015

Universities and student mental health: how are universities coping with soaring demand?
Matthew Williams, 9 October

Work-life balance – a win-win situation
Andrea Broughton, 29 September

Will EU rhetoric be a match for the reality of youth unemployment?
Kari Hadjivassiliou, 12 August

Work experience key to improving skills and reducing youth unemployment
Stefan Speckesser, 15 July

The heat is on: new uptake figures say it’s time to make up our minds on the agenda for Apprenticeships
Becci Newton, 3 July

How are our graduates faring?
Emma Pollard, 26 June

Risk Management with a smile! Getting an early start on health and safety
Sally Wilson, 18 June

Directing training funds through employers: what does it mean for adult learners?
Annette Cox and Jonathan Buzzeo, 17 June

Adult Learners’ Week: What next for adult Apprentices?
Becci Newton, 15 June

May Day: pagan rites and employment rights
Andrea Broughton, 1 May

Productivity tops the next government’s to do list
Jim Hillage, 1 April

Thanks for the good news Chancellor, but what about youth unemployment?
Jim Hillage and Becci Newton, 19 March

Young people still struggle to thrive in today's labour market