Half of young people do not feel prepared for the world of work.

Almost half (49%) of young people (aged 17-23) believe that their education has not prepared them for the world of work, according to a new CBI survey, alongside Accenture and Hays. FE News reports

The survey had more than 1000 respondents between the ages of 17 and 23 – and was powered by YouGov. Business success and supporting young people to meet their career aspirations, are inextricably linked. The CBI strongly believes that the earlier the interaction between business and students – whether that’s work experience, internships or school visits – the more likely the individual feels prepared for work. Over half (55%) of respondents have undertaken a work placement when at school or college and more than one-fifth (22%) had visits from businesses to their school. Young people rightly expect business to step up to support them in their career aspirations.

John Allan, CBI President, said:“It’s clear that the UK’s glaring regional inequality is a big factor as to how Generation Z view their future prospects. If it goes unchecked, we will fail to spark the talent of the future. The Government’s Industrial Strategy launch was almost one year ago, and while progress has been made in parts it’s clear that further impetus is needed. It’s time to turn warm words on Industrial Strategy into real action across our regions to super-charge local economies.”

On the business role: “Businesses need to be part of the answer, supporting our schools, colleges and universities, to help inform and inspire young people about the many opportunities out there. Many already do so and the survey makes clear that young people value work experience, part-time work outside study and visits from businesses.”

On careers advice:“Friends and family are a popular source of information on careers, but with the best will in the world, young people need access to much more information. Even more concerning is that nearly a quarter of young people are unsure where to even go for such information.”

Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, said: “Businesses need to step in to help bridge the gap between education and the world of work. As employers continue to face challenges in finding the right talent, we want to excite the next generation about the opportunities available to them.”

The YouGov survey had 1,003 respondents between the ages of 17 and 23, with the survey in the field between 17 September and 2 October 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of young people.

What do young people want from work?   Young people place work-life balance (32%) and work culture (14%) alongside length of commute and job security (both 12%) as the most important factors when choosing a company to work for.

What have young people done to help their career?   Work experience (55%), part-time or full-time job in another industry (37%), visits from businesses to schools (22%) and internships – either paid or unpaid (18%).

What are the main obstacles for you in progress in your future career?  Lack of opportunities in their area (23%), lack of opportunities in the sector they are interested in (21%), lower salary than expected (19%) and lack of clear route in for young people (18%).

Read more of the survey and what business leaders think Half of young people do not feel prepared for the world of work.

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