Articles from Mike Thompson

University isn’t a “one-size-fits-all”

Many businesses and education providers still feel that university is the best option for young people setting out in the world of work. This might explain why more people than ever applied to university in 2016, with UCAS admissions services showing that nearly half a million places have been offered (up by three per cent on last year). 

Apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their lifetime than university graduates

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Changing perceptions: educating parents on the benefits of degree apprenticeships

Despite the fact that apprenticeships are beginning to gain more respect in the eyes of employers, we at Barclays are conscious that there are still a number of young people who feel that university may not be the right path for them and are struggling because they are not being provided with enough information on the alternative options available.

Access to Apprenticeships - Simplify eligibility criteria for additional funding support

#NationalInclusionWeek - Bridging the Employment Gap At the heart of creating a diverse skilled workforce is having a skills system that supports everybody to thrive and develop no matter what background they come from or which barriers they may face.

In the midst of a skills revolution we need to close the gap between FE and HE provision

Time to reverse the decline As I talk to clients from across different sectors of our economy about their future skills needs a common theme emerges which is that, to survive and flourish, businesses must reverse the decades long decline in investment in workforce training that we have seen in the UK.

The Trouble with Apprenticeships… Stop throwing rocks at the DfE greenhouse!

So this week sees more negative headlines regarding the apprenticeship reform programme.

Barclay's Mike Thompson chats about launching first ever Financial Services Degree Apprenticeships

Mike Thompson from Barclays discusses making apprenticeships more accessible to young people

Ensuring a competitive workforce: Leveraging accessible and flexible learning in a digital age

Bridging the skills gap I was fortunate enough to join David Willett of the Open University (OU) on a radio day recently where we discussed the skills gap that exists in the UK economy and what this means for employers and workers alike.

Ageing workforce; enabling the older generation to find work

Apprenticeships provide many opportunities for people to work, however there is one group that, despite their skillset and knowledge, struggle to find a viable route to employment. The older generation – those over the age of 50 – are often tasked with a much trickier job of securing full-time work, with their age and social circumstances often hindering their efforts.

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