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Survey shows lack of workplace skills in young people

More than 76% believe a lack of work experience is the reason young people are unprepared for work.  The BCC’s Workforce Survey suggests that stronger links must be formed between educators and business, to better prepare young people for work.  The report confirms that University Technical Colleges are absolutely right in their approach to ensure their students are ‘work-ready’. 

Geoffrey Fowler, Principal of the London Design and Engineering UTC comments:

“At London Design and Engineering UTC we will work with a range of employer sponsors, including Thames Water, Costain, eight2O, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Belfour Beatty, and IBM amongst others to ensure that our students are equipped for the workplace. Our aim is to create the next generation of confident, independent, work-ready individuals.

“We combine academic studies with technical qualifications in engineering and design. All of our students will take part in regular work experience placements and have weekly contact with employers.”

London Design and Engineering UTC is based in East Ham and is opening in 2015 and will be accepting students in Year 10 and Year 12 from across London, including Newham.

Commenting, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“This isn’t about pointing the finger at young people – it is a joint responsibility between businesses, the education system and government to provide the right skills and support that young people need to make it in the world of work. It is vital that we proactively build a pipeline of young talent who will go on to become the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, as failure to do so could damage the UK’s future growth prospects and risk a lost generation of young people.”

*Source:  British Chambers of Commerce ‘Workforce Survey, Developing the Talents of the Next Generation.’