Managers say young have become less employable

A somewhat sensationalist article from Sky News

Young people are less employable than they were 10 years ago because of a lack of skills due to poor education, a survey suggests. The poll, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), said 76% of executives agreed that failures in the education system were fuelling a skills crisis that was damaging the economy.

A high number of employers said they had encountered problems with young people's discipline and punctuality (61%), workplace skills (63%) and attitude and ambition (66%).

Of the 600 managers surveyed, 47% agreed that business involvement in the education process would improve the employability of young people. But, when asked, fewer than half of them said they were currently working with a school in order to do so.

There is a lot that can be said about articles like this. Firstly, just exactly what skills do young people lack? Are they basic skills like spelling, arithmetic, and finding towns on maps? Are they soft skills and interpersonal skills? Are they academic skills? Secondly, why do managers continue to overlook home education as a means to reduce skills shortages?

It's no small wonder that fewer than half of all managers are working with a school when the system works to exclude outside forces as much as possible and exam grades take priority over teaching how the 'real world' works. Business has no power or authority to change the school curriculum as it is dictated by central government. Therefore if managers are unhappy with the calibre of job applicants then THEY should personally take responsibility by addressing any shortcomings OUTSIDE of the school system rather than ranting on about poor education in schools.

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