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Employers need to work with schools to improve students’ employable skills

Companies looking for new staff for their shared office should work with schools to make sure that young people in the area have the necessary skills to enter the workplace, the Chartered Management Institute has said.

Employers should work closely with schools to show them the skills they need students to have before they enter the workplace, so that schools can up their game in helping to equip young people with the skills, it said.

Spokesman Mike Petrook said: “Yes, schools need to be able to educate pupils about skills that they need in the workplace, but in order for schools to be able to deliver on that, employers need to work closer with schools to say to them, ‘Look, these are the skills we need in the workplace’ and help them deliver it. They’ve got to do it as a partnership.”

This news comes following a survey by the Confederation of British Industry, which found that almost one in four employers did not think that students leaving school today had adequate literacy and numeracy skills. Many said that had invested in remedial courses for new employees as a result.