According to a report released today (15 June), more than half of businesses (56%) fear that the learning lost from the pandemic will exacerbate the UK’s skills shortage.
The figure is part of Rethinking professional training: investing in the future of our countrya survey on youth work preparation by the charity Teach First.
While 48% of employers put digital and e-skills among the top three skills sought in potential young employees, more than half (52%) said they were concerned about digital literacy levels in the current school crop. , colleges and universities those who drop out.
More generally, almost eight in 10 teachers (79%) fear that today’s pupils are less prepared for the world of work than those who dropped out of school in previous years.
A key element in alleviating the skills shortage lies in better professional education, says Teach First.
He reports strong support for his call that vocational education should start at pre-secondary level, with 71% of primary school teachers saying career-related learning would increase their pupils’ awareness of different career paths.
66% say it would raise their students’ aspirations.
“For far too long, providing professional advice and high-quality work experience has been a lottery for postcodes – that needs to change,” said Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First.
“With worries about the cost of living crisis and a potential recession later in the year, it is imperative that we do everything we can to give our young people the best chance of succeeding and thriving in the world of work.”
The report says technology also has a role to play in helping young people once they arrive at the workplace. Among his recommendations is that large employers should offer blended work experience programs for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“While in-person work experience will continue to be crucial,” he says, “online options offer employers the ability to diversify their hires and expand participation, particularly to regions outside of London.
“Large employers should collect and publish basic socio-economic data to inform their outreach work with schools and recruiting policies. This will ensure that disadvantaged pupils, who are much less likely to access an internship through their family networks, are helped to ensure the same opportunities for knowledge and experience vital to a career. “
The report also cites research showing that children who receive free school meals are twice as likely not to attend education, work or training at the age of 18-24 than those who are not.
Teach First calls for the Department of Education’s (DfE) ‘welcome’ commitment to a new career program for primary schools in disadvantaged areas to be increased from a £ 8.5 million fund to train and support teachers who work in them.
Most companies fear the pandemic has exacerbated the skills shortage – report
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