Covid bulletin #44: National Apprenticeship Week

Feb 11, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the forty-fourth of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy related to Covid-19. This bulletin covers the period 4th February – 10th February 2021.

You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.


Latest Covid-19 data

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

The UK has now had over 3.9 million identified Covid-19 cases and 121,674 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1 with the daily infection rate shrinking by between 2% and 5%.

Both the number of cases and the number of death is now falling from the peak. The number of new cases is now below the November average while the number of deaths still remains higher than the average in December.


Covid news


National Apprenticeship Week




The economy


Student recruitment and development


Employer perspectives

Key issues raised by ISE employers over the last week.

  • Employers are reporting low levels of engagement by students in university organised online careers events. They would also like universities to provide them with better data from events. Some employers report being stretched given the number of online events that are being organised.
  • Some concerns about the loss of laboratory and technical experiences from those employers that recruit students from scientific degrees.
  • There are concerns about the new visa rules and how they will affect the recruitment of international students.
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