18 September 2017

A new "School to Work" campaign to include a framework in the curriculum to give all nine to 18 year-olds core non-technical employability skills, information about the world of work and the diversity of careers has been unveiled.

It centres on "School to Work Framework" which is designed to consolidate current good practice in many schools and colleges and expand that to regions where young people currently do not have access to the right support and employer access and consequently lose out when it comes to getting a job.

Lyn Cole, a former Director at Big Lottery Fund who is chairing the campaign’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector work group said: "We believe every young person in the UK regardless of the barriers they face should have access to the kind of skills, information and support necessary to succeed in the workplace."

The Framework will also focus on building strong relations between young people, schools, colleges and employers in their local area so that the students understand about the diversity of careers options and what is needed to qualify and are given an opportunity to get the appropriate experience.

The campaign also addresses the "soft skills" that employers value.

This follows a survey showing that only 25% of 16 to 21 year-olds think they are good at communicating, while only 15% have presenting skills and just 14% think that they could successfully get people to work together in a team – all seen as essential skills in the workplace.

The campaign is being driven by a coalition of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector representatives, educationalists and employers, who are calling for an accredited "School to Work Framework".

See https://go.ey.com/2y5ykQp for full details.