Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise responds to British Chambers of Commerce findings from its Business and Education Survey
While the survey reveals that two-thirds of businesses believe that secondary schools are not effective at preparing young people for work, research shows that where preparation for the world of work and careers-advice is in place in schools, it works well.
The provision is, however, too sporadic. We agree with BCC that there should be a planned and coherent approach to the development of workplace skills in schools, ensuring that all young people develop key skills. This would help to build on the important work of the Careers and Enterprise Company in bridging the gap between schools and businesses, ensuring that more businesses work with schools to ease the transition from education to the work place.