Making young people ready for work
'Businesses and the Government need to put their shoulders to the wheel and get our young people job-ready.'- John Cridland, the director general of the CBI
Looking at ways of getting young people ready for the world of work, the CBI is calling for action to smooth the chaotic transition from school to work by strengthening links between businesses and schools and building on successful schemes that are proven to work. Proposals include:
- Supporting a national roll-out of successful existing school-business engagement initiatives with a new 'Employability School' standard
- Putting in place a network of local business people to act as champions, developing school-business links in each local area
- Stepping up businesses' commitment to providing high-quality meaningful work experience.
Commenting on these proposals, Mr Cridland said:
"Businesses and the Government need to put their shoulders to the wheel and get our young people job-ready.
"We are calling on business leaders to become local champions in schools and colleges across the UK, to enthuse and inspire young people about the world of work from an early age.
"Businesses need to ensure that work experience is more than just photocopying or making cups of tea, but a meaningful insight into working life."