Having the right skills is the difference between success and failure, Skills Minister says

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 10 July 2014 in News
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During a panel discussion, speakers highlighted the importance of making education relevant in building workforces of tomorrow and made a commitment to strengthen dialogue between education and the workplace

We need to stop complaining about lack of skills and to do more to get into the minds of young people.

That was the overriding message coming from business leaders attending the Future Talent conference yesterday in London. Addressing the audience at The Royal Opera House, guest speaker, Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, called for more employers to inspire young people, helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

“Good people are the backbone of good businesses. Whether a market stall or a market leader, having employees with the right skills and talent can make the difference between success and failure,” he said. 

“In order to ensure that young people leave education or training equipped with the skills employers want, we need to build closer links between the world of work and education. We’re doing this by placing a greater emphasis on skills relevant to the workplace and giving employers more influence over the design, delivery and assessment of courses and qualifications.

“Through working directly with employers and business leaders, we are bringing the workplace in to the classroom to prepare and inspire the next generation and help all young people reach their potential.”

During a panel discussion, speakers highlighted the importance of making education relevant in building workforces of tomorrow and made a commitment to strengthen dialogue between education and the workplace.

Jim Carrick-Birtwell, CEO of global HR community Changboard and plotr, a not-for-profit employer led careers inspiration platform for 11- to 24 year-olds, said: “We are in the process of connecting the dots, working with young people to help them understand what jobs are out there but also helping them to identify how their skills can be transferred into the workplace.”

“We are working with the Government, industry bodies, employers, schools and young people to design a universal platform that will create true market efficiency for the young people and other stakeholders, including employers, making these career decisions.”

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