Trajectories of Young People From ‎Education to Employment

Sara Hassan reviews key evidence of changes in young people’s trajectories from education to employment in the West Midlands. The blog starts by explaining the UK context and then discusses key challenges and most effective recommendations. A selective review of research suggests that young people are not developing the relevant ‎skills for the future ‎labour … Continue reading “Trajectories of Young People From ‎Education to Employment”

Virtual Internship Program: A New Role in The Education System

Hannes Read discusses virtual internships programs and how they can play a new role in the education system. Find out more about the What Works: Conducting Impactful Virtual Internships as a Civic University project.  The Role of Virtual Internships in Education Internships have a significant role to play in education. Students gain from their experiences, … Continue reading “Virtual Internship Program: A New Role in The Education System”

Satisfied or Money Back: Should Policy Keep Educating PhD Holders Despite Market Frictions?

On 9th February 2022, City-REDI held a seminar featuring Dr Cornelia Lawson from The University of Manchester, MIOIR: Satisfied or Money Back: Should Policy Keep Educating PhD Holders Despite Market Frictions? Co-authored by Cindy Lopes Bento The paper is framed in the ongoing debate around whether universities produce too many PhD students in light of … Continue reading “Satisfied or Money Back: Should Policy Keep Educating PhD Holders Despite Market Frictions?”

National Apprenticeship Week: The Importance of Apprentices

Ellie Macdonald recently started at City-REDI / WMREDI as a Digitial Marketing Apprentice. For National Apprenticeship Week, Ellie talks about why she decided to become an apprentice and the significance of apprenticeships for the workplace. Apprenticeships help you get your foot in the door in a work environment that you want to be in. They … Continue reading “National Apprenticeship Week: The Importance of Apprentices”

Graduate Pathways: Identifying Patterns of Regional Retention and Attraction

In this blog, Dr Kostas Kollydas discusses his recent WMREDI report co-authored with Professor Anne Green on “Graduate pathways: Identifying patterns of regional retention and attraction”. View the report and project page Report objectives There has been an upsurge in policy interest in levelling up UK regions and exploring the mechanisms that influence the interregional … Continue reading “Graduate Pathways: Identifying Patterns of Regional Retention and Attraction”

A First Look at Quantifying Skills Pathways

In this blog, Alex Smith from the West Midlands Combined Authority looks at what data can tell us about where in the education and skills system, social mobility is the strongest, and where it is weakest. This blog is an introduction to the WM REDI project “Understanding and Addressing Skills Impacts and Needs“. The project … Continue reading “A First Look at Quantifying Skills Pathways”

The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Childcare and Implications for Participation in the Labour Market

In this blog, Dr Sara Hassan looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the childcare sector, a sector already facing significant challenges before the pandemic, which then saw a massive drop in usage when lockdowns began.  Since lockdown, many working parents have experienced difficulty in being able to work with some childcare providers closing their … Continue reading “The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Childcare and Implications for Participation in the Labour Market”

Labour Market Challenges: The Impact of COVID-19 on Ethnic Minority Groups in Birmingham

Professor Anne Green discusses the labour market challenges ethnic minority groups in Birmingham faced before COVID-19 and how the virus has exacerbated these issues. This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2020 is produced by City-REDI / WM REDI, University of … Continue reading “Labour Market Challenges: The Impact of COVID-19 on Ethnic Minority Groups in Birmingham”

Lifelong Learning: A Current and Future Imperative

Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. In this edition, WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss some of the key topics when trying to understand the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic. In this article, Dr Abigail Taylor discusses the importance … Continue reading “Lifelong Learning: A Current and Future Imperative”

Has COVID-19 Changed the Terrain of Engagement?

Liam O’Farrell considers the impact of Covid-19 on civic engagement: Will the pandemic make authorities more interested in digital public consultation? This blog is based on a report called “States of participation: International Best Practice in Civic Engagement“. Given that Covid-19 has only recently become part of our lives, there has not yet been a … Continue reading “Has COVID-19 Changed the Terrain of Engagement?”