YOUNG VOICES

Is Education Is Fit For Purpose When It Comes To Getting A Job?

03/03/2016 15:01 GMT | Updated 03/03/2016 15:59 GMT
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A third of young people don't think they're taught the necessary skills required in the workplace, research published on Thursday found.

The report, published by youth charity Young Enterprise, prompted numerous people to share their experiences of being inadequately equipped for the world of work, raising the question as to whether education is fit for purpose when it comes to job-hunting.

"I've learnt far more from hackathons and things like coding clubs than I have through education," says Sailesh Patel. "Through these events I've built up contacts and friendships which helps. I'm not actually working at the moment but I feel more equipped to work because of these clubs than anything I've done in college."

And he's not alone.

And the employers?

“Tackling youth unemployment remains one of the biggest challenges facing the UK's labour market," says James Reed, chairman of Reed.co.uk. "Above all, as parents, teachers and employers, we must help young people develop a winning mindset. This is the most important thing if they are to compete successfully in a rapidly changing working world."