Young people need better preparation for working life, say employers

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A survey of 291 companies has revealed that employers want young people to receive better preparation for entering the world of work.

The CBI/Pearson study found that over half of those surveyed felt that pupils left school not equipped with enough knowledge of their chosen job/career or relevant work experience. Meanwhile 58% of businesses are not confident they will have sufficient highly skilled staff available to meet their needs in the future.

John Cridland, the CBI Director-General, said: "The journey from school towards the world of work can be daunting, so we must support schools and teachers to help develop the skills, character and attitudes students need to progress in life."

Mr Cridland also challenged the automatic assumption that an academic path is the best route to success for all pupils, adding: “We need a system that better reflects how well a school’s culture nurtures the behaviours and attitudes young people will need. Success should be measured by where young people go once they have left school or college, not on exam results alone."

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