Understanding your industry: Education

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 October, with Boris Johnson promising this deadline will be met even without a deal.

While the impact on the Education sector is likely to be less than on other areas of the economy, no longer being a member of the EU – a relationship established 45 years ago – will certainly bring changes and challenges to negotiate.

What’s happening in Education?

  • Calls for a ‘Passport in English’ to replace the English language GCSE
    Launched by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), The Forgotten Third Commission has called for a ‘Passport in English’ to be introduced instead of GCSE English language. The qualification would involve an online assessment, portfolio of written work and a spoken English component, and would have various stages from entry level to operational proficiency to expert.
  • International students will now be given two years to remain in the UK following graduation
    Boris Johnson has relaxed rules originally introduced by Theresa May, which meant international students would have only four months to look for work after graduating from university. Under Johnson’s new policy, they will now be offered a two-year work visa. This follows previous warnings from the higher education sector that tough immigration controls have reduced the appeal of studying in the UK at a time when Brexit uncertainty is already raising challenges.
  • The falling value of the pound could make the UK Education sector more competitive
    It’s clear that leaving the EU is likely to have a negative impact on the number of European students choosing to study in the UK. However, the falling value of the pound also means that the UK could become more competitive in comparison with the US, which is a popular choice for students from Asia.
  • Adult education is key to thriving in a technology-led world
    Sue Pember, former director of FE at the Department for Education, has said the government must establish a lifelong learning strategy if the UK is to thrive both economically and personally in a technology-led world. This follows research by the Learning and Work Institute, which found adult participation in education has fallen to 35% – a record low.
  • More UK women graduate from vocational programmes than men
    The most recent Education at a Glance report has revealed that 52% of graduates in vocational programmes in the UK are women. This is in spite of the fact that 22% of males aged between 15 and 24 enrol on vocational education and training, in comparison with just 17% of women, suggesting more women are completing their courses. The UK is one of only five countries where women make up a larger share of vocational graduates, alongside Brazil, Colombia, Ireland and New Zealand.


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At Blue Octopus, we understand that getting recruitment and HR practices right is simultaneously more important and more challenging than ever before. Attracting the right talent for your organisation is essential – we all need good people, especially in today’s ever-changing world.

Blue Octopus listens to the market and we use our knowledge, experience and insights to develop smart solutions and next generation technology to address end users’ needs.

To find out how we can help change the way you connect with the best talent within the Education sector and how we can support your organisation both now and, in the future, get in touch today or book a demo.


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