Employability skills will become even more crucial post-Covid

With youth unemployment rates rising dramatically, employability skills must be at the heart of education in our post-Covid world, says school leader Neil Miller

In our special and alternative provision schools, students often ask “what’s the point?” during lessons. This is a valid question and deserves a considered response. As teachers, we should easily be able to explain the value of what is being taught and the use it will be to a student as he/she progresses.

Education for education’s sake is not acceptable, particularly in a world where the jobs market is being squeezed and the economy is struggling to recover in the wake of Covid-19.

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that UK unemployment has risen to its highest level for two years, with youth unemployment taking the biggest hit. In the three months to July, national unemployment grew to 4.1 per cent from 3.9 per cent. Youth unemployment (16 to 24) now stands at 13.4 per cent.

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