Bridging the Gap Between Education & Business

TO DEVELOP THE TALENTS OF THE NEXT GENERATION, THE UK AND DEVOLVED GOVERNMENTS MUST:

  • Ensure secondary schools are assessed on employment outcomes to better prepare young people for work– focusing schools not just on ‘teaching to the test’, but also on developing the employability and life skills needed to get into, and get on in the workplace.
  • Guarantee a business governor in every school to increase business engagement in education– making schools more aware of local business needs and supporting schools to develop healthy relationships with their local business community.
  • Guarantee universal ‘experience of work’ in all schools UK-wide to improve employment prospects– ensuring all pupils leave school with high-quality exposure to business and the core skills needed for work.
  • Promote enterprise modules for all higher and further education students– ensuring students have the opportunity to build up their knowledge of business during academic and vocational studies, better preparing them for work or to set up their own firms.
  • Put in place a Childcare Contribution Scheme that helps talented people stay in work– financial support of up to £10,000 for working parents to access childcare, with repayment through PAYE, that allows more businesses to retain and develop staff while they start families.

Helping young people succeed in the workplace

IF OUR PROPOSALS ARE DELIVERED:

  • We will have an education system that adequately prepares young people with the attitude, skills and knowledge to successfully make the transition to work.
  • Businesses will benefit from retaining more staff while they have families.
  • The UK will significantly improve its employment and skills infrastructure by 2020, contributing to our aspiration to achieve the lowest rate of youth unemployment in Europe, and a workforce with skills that rank in the top ten of the Organisation for Economic