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Are your students employable?

Employer and employability expert Duncan Cheatle says businesses increasingly want to see skills, such as ‘the right attitude’, ahead of academic results. He considers the role of schools in developing these

Are you confidently preparing your students for their 10,000-plus days of working life? That is, preparation that reaches beyond academic qualifications.

Are they happily gathering the workplace-related skills, qualities and attitudes that their future employers will expect?

It is never too early to start managing their expectations. The “Big Four” accounting firms, the largest graduate recruiters after Teach First, are increasingly hiring at 18-plus and prioritising intangible skills over academic results in their selection process.

The message is consistent from smaller businesses too. The number one thing I hear CEOs of fast-growth businesses say they seek, apart from reasonable literacy and numeracy, is the “right attitude”.

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