What do you think are the biggest challenges with preparing young people for the workforce?
For a lot of young people a major stepping stone from education to long-term employment is apprenticeships. The government has realised this – and now works closely with businesses to bring the standards of these schemes up. Official standards have also been set to ensure that young people are getting the best experience possible.
Although apprenticeship schemes are improving, and increasing in popularity, we still need better engagement between schools and local businesses to prepare young people for work and training.
An increased focus needs to be placed on this, as well as better careers advice in schools.