School leavers lack basic work skills, CBI warns – Independent
The seventh annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey has found that one in three business leaders is concerned at school leavers’ poor attitude to work, and that more than half are dissatisfied with their communication skills. In all, a massive six out of ten employers believe the skills gap is widening, leaving concerns for the future. Full survey details can be found in the Independent.
Entrepreneurship should be part of the National Curriculum – Guardian
The Guardian Small Business Network interviews former Dragon’s Den star, Theo Paphitis, about his support of introducing entrepreneurship into the National Curriculum from age eleven. He believes this is the only way of tackling the ‘unacceptably high’ statistic that currently sees 50% of small businesses fail within the first two years of trading.
Dead end apprenticeships are failing young people – Guardian
A report from the University of Greenwich criticises Apprenticeships for not offering enough opportunity to upskill young people. Research focuses on issues such as the high proportion (40%) of Apprenticeships being taken up by adults, and the fact that there are not enough higher or advance level Apprenticeships available. The Guardian takes up the story.
Graduate jobs recover to pre-recession peak – BBC
The recent High Fliers report shows a 12% rise in the number of jobs for university leavers, as the graduate job market recovers to its pre-recession peak. The increase is the biggest in 4 years and follows an unprecedented 23.3% dip between 2007 and 2009. Accounting and professional services companies see the biggest rises. The BBC reports on the full details.