Week 78: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – sport and construction on the rise

Latest reflections As is customary from July to late-September things have been very quiet on the DA front again but HAs have continued to thrive. In particular, the Construction sector has been busy with more than 50 new HA vacancies this week, while the rise of School Sports Coaches has accelerated with a further 17. … Continue reading Week 78: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – sport and construction on the rise

Week 77: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – another mixed bag

Latest reflections HEPI Director Nick Hillman wrote in a recent blogpost that apprenticeship numbers are only a “miniscule fraction” of total HE entrants and this has largely been borne out by my own data. In Week 77 I recorded just 9 new DA vacancies in the whole of England, although numbers will surely pick up … Continue reading Week 77: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – another mixed bag

Week 76: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – a quietish week

Latest reflections As we entered September, the trend that’s been noticeable over the summer vacation period continued in a similar vein with Degree Apprenticeships (DAs) very weak but Higher Apprenticeships (HAs) reasonably buoyant. However, it was only a four-day week and I’m hopeful that DAs will pick up soon, especially as some of the larger … Continue reading Week 76: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – a quietish week

UCAS personal statements: writing a killer opening

This is the time of year when a lot of students start getting anxious about their UCAS personal statement. I thought it might therefore be an appropriate time to try and put a few minds at rest by re-blogging an article on this topic that I first had published three or four years ago, but which I think still holds true.

Alan Bullock Careers

This is an article I originally wrote for the Which? University website. A version of it can currently be found on the UCAS site.

Are you getting frustrated because you can’t think of a good way to open your personal statement? Or, worse still, are you struggling to write anything at all because you just don’t know where to start? If so, you’re not alone – and our advice is to stop worrying.

We’ve picked up numerous tips on this from admissions tutors up and down the country and they all tend to take a similar line, which is …. don’t get stressed about trying to think up a killer opening!

Yes, it’s important to ‘sell yourself’, but don’t overdo it. In fact, one of the dangers of trying to come up with a killer opening is that what you often end up with is overkill. As one admissions tutor…

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Week 75: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – the story continues

Latest reflections The final week of the summer vacation period followed the same pattern as the previous few weeks, with Degree Apprenticeships (DAs) very quiet but Higher Apprenticeships (HAs) relatively buoyant. The HA numbers were boosted by 14 new PCSO vacancies in North Yorkshire, which explains this week’s choice of image from my photographic collection. … Continue reading Week 75: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – the story continues

Week 74: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – a mixed bag

Latest reflections The summer vacation period has proved to be a fairly quiet time for Degree Apprenticeships (DAs) but a relatively buoyant one for Higher Apprenticeships (HAs). This does put into quite sharp context any rumours that some UCAS offer holders were turning to DAs as a last-minute alternative to full-time uni. If they were, … Continue reading Week 74: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID – a mixed bag

Week 73: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID picking up again

Latest reflections One of the notable trends in the latest week’s data is the irresistible rise of careers in Data Analysis and Data Science, with a further 25 vacancies added. It really does seem to be all about Data these days and yet how frequently does this theme come up in careers guidance conversations I … Continue reading Week 73: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID picking up again

Week 72: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID

Latest reflections Week 72 in my new series of updates was a relatively good one for Higher Apprenticeships but a slow one for Degree Apprenticeships. However, August is normally a quiet time for DAs and therefore hopefully it’s only a seasonal lull. Perhaps a little more disappointing was the fact that 36% of this week’s … Continue reading Week 72: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post COVID

Week 71: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post-COVID latest update

Latest reflections This is the first in a new series of commentaries. For those already following my blog, it will exclude the pre-COVID comparisons for which I’ve now run out of data. Instead, I’ll simply be comparing my latest weekly figures with the overall post-COVID trend. One small improvement is that I have started to … Continue reading Week 71: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post-COVID latest update

70 weeks after the start of lockdown: final comparative reflections on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post-COVID

Headline news and latest reflections This will be my last report in this precise format, as I’ve reached the limits of my pre-COVID data that I use for comparison purposes. I’ll carry on publishing some data reports and commentaries, but probably in a slightly different way. This report also covers two weeks rather than one … Continue reading 70 weeks after the start of lockdown: final comparative reflections on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England post-COVID