Survey Shows Lack of Workplace Skills in Young People

A survey* published by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Thursday 2 October) shows that 88% of businesses overwhelmingly feel that many young people are not adequately prepared for the workplace. 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’.

Bev Flanagan, Principal of Bucks UTC, comments: “Our young people work with employers, who’ve helped steer our curriculum, from day one. They are aware of what’s expected of them in the workplace as they already have real experience of it. They come to learn, but are dressed for the workplace, we operate business hours – 9-5pm, and we place great emphasis on communication, team-working and presentation skills.

“Many of the students at Bucks UTC have meaningful work placements scheduled this year with our partners. When they leave the UTC, they will have an excellent understanding of their IT or Construction specialism, the career opportunities available, and how to conduct themselves in the workplace environment.”

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.’