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How do we support students to develop essential workplace skills?

Date: 02 November 2016

Recent research by the Chartered Institute for Management Accounts (CIMA) found that eight out of 10 school leavers ‘lack essential business skills’ and that this increases staff stress and causes lack in business performance.

On the release of this research, Noel Tagoe, executive director of CIMA, said “it is clear the education system is failing young people and failing business. Children spend at least 14 years being schooled, and that provides ample opportunity to equip them with the skills on which to base a career”.

“Over the years various governments have been keen to champion new ideas in education. My concern is that in the long-term the frequency of these changes appear not to be strengthening students’ grasp of the basics”, he adds.

These findings are not particularly surprising, given the similar message in the 2016 CBI Skills Survey. But the key question has to be, how do we support young people to develop the skills they need to survive and thrive in the workplace?

Our suggestion is simple – every school and college should implement a simple framework to structure the employability provision:

  • Strategy: What is your plan for employability?
  • Partners: Which people and organisations will support your programmes?
  • Activity: What in-class and extra-curricular will your students participate in to develop work skills?
  • Work experience: How will you create opportunities for students to attend work placements, job shadowing and insight days?
  • Evaluation: How will you measure and report on the impact of your provision?

This framework has been tried and tested in schools and colleges across the country, and the overwhelming opinion is that it provides a simple and effective way to structure the employability programme.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can introduce this framework in your organisation drop us a line to organise a chat. We have some great tools to assist you – including learning platforms, online audits and high-impact training for staff.