Automation could replace 1.5 million jobs

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), some 1.5 million people in England are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation.

It says 70% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. Part-timers and the young are the next most at risk.

The ONS analysed the jobs of 20 million people in 2017 and found 7.4% of these were at high risk of being replaced.

It has developed a “bot” to show the risks for particular occupations.

The ONS defines automation as tasks currently carried out by workers being replaced with technology. That could mean computer programs, algorithms, or even robots.

The three occupations with the highest probability of automation are waiters and waitresses, shelf fillers and elementary sales occupations, all of which are low-skilled or routine.

Those at the lowest risk are medical practitioners, higher education teaching professionals, and senior professionals in education.

Unskilled young people are more at risk of job automation. Read more

December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter covers:

  • Intern Experience Opportunities including:
    Graphic Design, Digital Media and Videographer
  • Interactive Workshops,
  • IT & Cyber-Security Services,
  • FREE Cyber Security audit to your organisation
  • Read more

A no-deal Brexit a disaster for the UK’s young people

The catastrophic economic consequences of a hard Brexit for the UK and damage to the rest of the EU understandably dominate the headlines. It must be a concern for everyone, regardless of how they voted in the referendum, that after a two-year wait for a government plan the main customs proposals have already been ruled out and warnings are growing about a damaging no-deal Brexit.

Most obviously, there are around a million Britons who live on the European continent. According to the UN, the UK has the fifth highest expat population in the EU, after Poland, Romania, Germany and Italy. More than 2.3 million EU citizens work in the UK, making a big contribution to the NHS, hospitality sector and agriculture. This has been made possible by the free movement of people within the EU.

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics has reported that nine out of the top 10 tourist destinations for Britons in 2016 were EU countries. This ease of travel is backed by established systems and arrangements for flights and healthcare.

Particular beneficiaries have been young people from the UK. More than 200,000 British students have taken part in the Erasmus education scheme since it was established in 1987. Around a third of those students have had direct work experience placements.

Hundreds of thousands others just enjoy the opportunity to travel, whether to the beaches of the Mediterranean, city breaks across the continent, or the Interrail experience.

Unsurprisingly, young people in the UK voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU – around 70-75% by most estimates. What kind of Brexit is being negotiated for young people? Will their job prospects be improved or not? Will it safeguard their educational opportunities? Will it guarantee them the same freedom of travel? Will they have the same quality of health cover?

Already some of the longer-term signs are not promising, especially with the economic shock of a no-deal Brexit. This is also true with education. According to the British Council, language provision already “looks increasingly vulnerable”, and Brexit could diminish the already “limited language capability” in the UK.

The number of pupils taking modern languages such as French and German has declined dramatically, as have the number of foreign language assistants. No wonder the British Council warns that more young people must learn languages if the UK is to remain globally competitive post-Brexit. Read more

TESYouth 5 years Anniversary

This June is TESYouth 5 years Anniversary. We celebrates five years of supporting young people.

Back in 2013 when TESYouth began, 15% of young people aged 16-24 were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). Five years later and that rate has now decreased to 11.5% (Office of National Statistics).

Despite this apparently positive trend, young people are still being left behind. According to a new piece of research, around half a million unemployed young people are falling through the gaps, missing out on claiming both benefits and advice, and risking “a life of unemployment and poverty”.

TESYouth is a social enterprise which works to support unemployed and unskilled young people. Since we began five years ago, we have been working with young people in London, running workshops and offering work experience. We have trained young people in enterprise, E-commerce, sales, marketing, IT and business.

Our Communication, Interview Techniques and Employment workshop has helped those we work with to increase their confidence and their future job prospects. We have many more workshops coming up this year; the next one is Sales and Marketingclick here to book a place.

At TESYouth, we understand that young people are the future, but that there can be so many barriers in their way stopping them from achieving what they are capable of. We have spent five years growing and developing as a social enterprise to help support young people grow and develop themselves. And we can’t wait for what the next five years will bring.

Get in touch: whether you’re a young person, a volunteer, a local business or a potential sponsor, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for more information.