Each week, CERIC is on the lookout for the latest reports related to career development. Here are five reports that we found interesting this week:
Following a drop of over one million in March, employment fell by nearly two million in April, bringing the total employment decline since the beginning of the COVID-19 economic shutdown to over three million. In addition, the number of people who were employed but worked less than half of their usual hours for reasons related to COVID-19 increased by 2.5 million from February to April.
The role of career education on students’ education choices and postsecondary outcomes: Theoretical and evidence base preparation (SRDC)
A report prepared by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation as part of a CERIC-supported research project examines the existing literature to consider the stages of youth decision-making, the role of career education in supporting post-secondary decisions and the kinds of career education resources available. The report prepares the ground for producing evidence-informed recommendations for the forthcoming empirical analysis that support youth and those who influence them (parents, counsellors, peers) as they make decisions about post-secondary education and career choices.
Canada has introduced a set of programs to test novel approaches to skills development. This report analyses the potential of these programs to improve the future-readiness of Canada’s adult learning system. Further, it outlines how these programs might be expanded to promote optimal skills use and learning within workplaces, through the use of high-performance work practices.
This report shows that students’ access to technology in Ontario schools is currently governed by disjointed policy and funding, and often depends on parent fundraising. The report says that key lessons have been learned during the pandemic, and that it is vital to translate what has been learned into effective policy and strategies as we move forward. Now, more than ever, schools need to equip students with the wide range of skills and competencies required to deal with current and future challenges.
Young, vulnerable, and increasing – why we need to start worrying more about youth unemployment (The Youth Futures Foundation & Impetus)
Young people’s economic inclusion requires immediate attention. Despite overall reductions in unemployment in recent years, the number of young people over 16 who are out of work and not in education has remained stubbornly above 750,000 annually in the UK.
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