The Skills Gap

There is a crisis in the UK. Youth unemployment is having a devastating impact on today’s young people – 750,000 are currently unemployed, while 70% of employers have difficulty finding the right candidates for entry level positions.


Schools are forced to focus on academic attainment, and many young people aren’t developing the skills they need for the future.

Our programmes offer a journey, from gaining knowledge through to developing skills and changing attitudes, arming young people with the confidence to aim high and the knowledge and skills to succeed.

From CV writing and interview preparation skills, to understanding how to manage money and even setting up and running a real business for a year, our programmes provide hands-on, practical learning in and out of the classroom.

We make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 5 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Resilience

All our programmes aim to raise awareness and nurture key employability competencies. This is part of the Learner Development Journey approach. These are the eight key employability competencies tested throughout our programmes and endorsed by findings from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and informed by other employability skills-related research.


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