Working with schools to fill tomorrow’s skill gaps

by Caitlin Nobes15 Jul 2014
What advice did your career counselor give you? Follow your dreams? If you’re good at math be an engineer, if you’re good at history be a teacher? It seems many young people are getting bad careers advice, according to UK employers who say they’re not seeing high school and university graduates going into areas where there’s high demand.
According to a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development survey, government, schools and employers need to work together to help young people into areas of work where demand is growing.
More than half (53%) of employers believe that young people receive inadequate careers advice and almost two thirds (63%) said that the young people they had recruited lacked insight into the working world, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey, which is part of a UK-wide government report into career guidance for young people.
By limiting their options in certain subject areas, young people end up excluding themselves from entire high-demand sectors, creating a mismatch between available jobs and young people's skills.
“There is already a worrying mismatch between the skills employers need and the skills the next generation of workers are focusing on,” CIPD CEO Peter Cheese said. "A critical way to help resolve this is to increase the emphasis on careers advice in schools and to get employers into schools more regularly, bringing to life the natures of different careers, and the generic and specific skills they're looking for when they recruit.”
Another CIPD survey found that more than two thirds (61%) of UK employers have expressed willingness to be more involved in the education system but they need the opportunities to do this.

How does your industry work with educators and career counsellors to communicate with young people? 


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