Schools are still far too focused on exam results and are not doing enough to equip their students for the workplace, according to students themselves.
The new research released today, which questioned both secondary school aged students and their parents, saw three quarters (76%) of pupils say that their school trains them just to pass exams and get good grades rather than preparing them for the world of work.
More than 80% of students think it is important for the education system to be more career focused, however a third don’t think they have been actively encouraged to undertake work experience as part of the school curriculum.
Furthermore, almost a third surveyed by the Career Colleges Trust – to mark the approval of ten new Career Colleges, opening in September 2015 and 2016 – were unclear about what they actually want do to when they finish school.
And parents themselves also admit to not taking into account the vocational aspect of a school when choosing one for their children, with almost a third saying they chose based purely on its position in exam league table results.
Lord Baker, Founder and Trustee of the Career Colleges Trust, says:
“Our country is facing a huge skills gap across many industries and this research highlights the extent of this problem. If young people themselves are not feeling prepared for work, employers will continue to struggle with the recruitment issues that have become such a challenge for UK industry.
“We need to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills they need to go into the workplace with confidence. This of course includes good levels of maths and English but extends far wider to practical, technical and employability skills.
“I launched employer-led Career Colleges to help address this issue and am delighted that the network is expanding.
“By engaging employers to help design a curriculum and offer a variety of work experience opportunities, we are giving young people a chance to learn relevent skills and get an insight into the real work of work. Put simply, this is what young people want and what businesses need.”
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT FEEL PREPARED FOR THE WORLD OF WORK | Career Colleges Trust.