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Are schools doing enough to prepare teenagers for the world of work?

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29 Sep 2016

A recent study of 1,000 17-24 year olds has suggested that the majority of young people feel their school or college has failed to adequately prepare them for the world of work. Of those surveyed, 92 percent saying they felt the current UK education system prioritises exam results over career advice, and 83 percent feeling they have not been advised on the best way to start looking for a job or apprenticeship. This is most certainly a worrying figure, with many are protesting a change in the academic curriculum in order to prepare teenagers with the right skills and opportunities to begin a career.

When the school leaving age changed in 2015 from 16 years of age to 18, many hoped this would enhance the chances of teenagers obtaining more qualifications and better job opportunities. Although there is little research to suggest whether this has been successful, the British Government predict that this change will result in people earning more money, being healthier and less likely to be involved in crime. Why is it then that the younger generation are feeling neglected when it comes to preparing for work?

I have had many encounters where students have applied for jobs who hold the right qualifications, but with limited or no relevant experience, companies will not look twice at their CVs.

A recent example was a young gentleman I represented who was fully AAT qualified, with only five months experience working in an SME doing accounts administration work. He was desperate to get out of the SME and find a position that could offer him the chance to put his AAT into use, further study CIMA and progress naturally – which I found for him. Admittedly, he had to take a step back in to a junior role with a lower salary, but the opportunity was there and I was able to make sure my client seriously considered him. I saw his potential and made sure my client did too, something a CV cannot offer. Managing the candidate’s expectations and keeping him up-to-date with the market was key, and with my help he was able to secure himself a role in an ideal organisation.

Sellick Partnership also have three apprentices who have been brought on to learn and develop their administration and IT skills. Our office apprentice Tia Billinger will soon gain a qualification in Business Administration and will have relevant experience to work in any office environment. Eventually, she will begin resourcing and then train to become a specialist recruiter herself, earning herself a good wage and strong administration skills. With more companies offering these apprenticeships and junior roles, I can quite clearly see the benefits of this type of further education. However, if the majority of teenagers are not feeling supported by their schools and colleges, it is a worrying thought that they are not being prepared properly for the world of work and it seems as though it is up to companies like us to offer that support.

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