How work-ready are your students?

A free toolkit has been launched to help schools target their careers provision more effectively and determine which students need additional support to help prepare them for today’s workplace. Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel explains

The link between schools and the world of work is a hotly debated subject. A survey from the CBI and Pearson published in July stated: “Well over half of all firms fear that there will not be enough people available with the skills needed to fill their high-skilled jobs.”

The problem doesn’t end there. Research from the charity Education and Employers (Contemporary Transitions, January 2017) shows that more than half of young adults (53 per cent) wished their schools had better prepared them for the world of work. Just under half (47 per cent) would have liked more support in how to find out what different jobs require in terms of skills, attitudes and qualifications.

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