A new report is calling for improvements in school syllabuses with setting out fair and equal choices and an accredited route to management skills.
A third of 16-21 year olds in the UK lack confidence in finding a high quality job locally due to a lack of awareness of opportunities and worries over their experience. #
These are the top findings of a report published today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation – Age of Uncertainty: Young people’s views on the challenges of getting into work in 21st Century Britain.
Maryanne Matthews, chief executive of EY Foundation, says: We want every young person, in every region across the UK to have the same systematic and high-quality experiences of work with local employers. Greater levels of collaboration are needed to fix this – and that’s what the recommendations in this report are all about.”
The report, based on a survey of 1,510 16-to-21-year-olds in the UK conducted by Populus, finds that 56 per cent of young people said that they think it is difficult to get the experience they need to get a job they want. These factors affect those from lower-socio economic groups, who are considerably more likely than their peers to lack confidence in getting a job locally, 33 per cent compared to 25 per cent.
Sixty-three per cent of young people have the ambition to lead a team, with a lack of awareness of local opportunities meaning that many look further afield for challenging roles. Two in five, 40 per cent of 16-21-year olds aspire to become the boss of a company and 37 per cent would like to start their own business.
Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, says: “If we are to succeed in creating regional powerhouses outside London then we must have home-grown leaders. Making management and leadership skills part of the school curriculum will help bridge the gap between employers and the next generation of workers.”
CMI, the EY Foundation and the CBI are calling on employers and schools to back a school-to-work agenda as part of the national curriculum to give young people fairer access to workplace opportunities and to improve their employability. Currently schools are almost twice as likely to offer information on traditional degrees (86 per cent) than new apprenticeship routes (48 per cent). The report proposes a new syllabus setting out fair and equal choices and an accredited route to management skills.
To download a copy of Age of Uncertainty: Young people’s views on the challenges of getting into work in 21st Century Britain visit: www.managers.org.uk/ageofuncertainty / eyfoundation.co.uk
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