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There is more work to be done in the education sector to prepare children for the changing world of work, according to the inquiry report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education.
“There is strong evidence from the business community that the education system is not delivering the skills they require in the sufficient quantities”, says the report, claiming that evidence submitted to the inquiry points to a number of factors behind this failing.
Factors cited include school accountability, a lack of resources, low teacher recruitment and high staff workload which provide barriers preventing children from accessing the education and information they need to thrive in a changing workforce. Improved networking between institutions and employers, and careers advice and guidance would help young people to be better prepared for employment.
The report hopes to open a dialogue about the challenges faced at a time of high youth unemployment.