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“Our task is.… to equip our young people with the skills they need”

Date: 31 March 2017

In his budget last Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that an extra £500m would be made available for post-16 education. The thrust of this move is to ensure that young people can survive and thrive in the increasingly complex and difficult job market. As Mr Hammond remarked:

“Our task today is to take the next steps in preparing Britain for a global future. To equip our young people with the skills they need”

This all ties in with the Government’s Skills Plan, which is based on Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations that all young people get the right mix of technical skills, employer activity and work experience. The reforms are designed to “ensure that young people have the skills, knowledge and expertise that employers want”, and that the post-16 vocational route has an equal footing with traditional academic pathways.

Whilst this is great news, there are a series of steps the Government, employer groups and education leaders have to take to ensure this vision results in meaningful change across the sector:

  1. Agree on a skills framework that will provide all stakeholders with a shared language of work skills (New Zealand has given this some thought already)
  2. Bring the recording of work skills development into the 21st century so that young people engage with it. Let’s replace worksheets and paper diaries with smartphone friendly learning platforms!
  3. Provide full training for school and college teachers so they feel confident to weave employability skills learning into the curriculum.

We’d love to know what you think about the Skills Plan. If you want to join the conversation, or would like to find out how we can support your work-related learning programme through our online platforms, audits, consultancy or staff training then drop us a line.