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First News: Teach kids key work skills, say top bosses

Young Enterprise in the young people's newspaper

first-news-logo-500x-1347277869More than nine in ten (92%) of UK bosses believe that schoolchildren should be taught key skills to help them get jobs in later life, a poll has revealed.

The charity Young Enterprise used the results to mark its 50th birthday. It is calling on the Government to put enterprise education – lessons which help prepare people for the working world – on the list of things that school leaders are told to teach children. The National Curriculum has recently been rewritten by ministers.

Just under a million – 958,000 – people aged between 16 and 24 years old are out of work in the UK, according to the latest set of official statistics.

Young Enterprise chief Michael Mercieca says more people could find a job if they were taught the right skills at school.

“Our main focus is teaching students about employability skills and how to become good employees,” he told First News at a special event at Parliament last week. “It’s all about helping people get a job, basically.”

Conservative MP Adam Afriyie said: “It’s completely right that the Government focuses on the core curriculum. But what I also think is that programmes like Young Enterprise must hang closely to those core subjects, so that, not only are you studying academically, but you’re also getting practical experience.”

People skills and a positive attitude are among the top five areas UK bosses believe young people should be strong in, according to the survey.

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