Lord Baker: Teach primary school children about the world of work

The Independent is reporting that former Education Secretary Lord (Kenneth) Baker will say this week that children at primary should be given a far greater insight into the world of work…

He will call on schools to develop closer links with local employers so children from an early age get a glimpse of the variety of jobs on offer to them

“We must give children and young people a far better understanding of the world of work, starting at an early age,” he will say as one of the themes of a lecture he is due to deliver on Wednesday.

“This is not about choosing a career by the age of seven, 10 or even 13, though some children of that age already have very clear ambitions,” he will say. “It is about opening their eyes to the many careers that they do not see on TV or in their daily lives.”

Too often options in careers like engineering, crucial to the future of the economy, will be kept from them even in careers talks in secondary school.

Speaking to The Independent, he added: “I think all this start a little more in the primary stage. Young children of the age of four and five are very digitally aware – they’re always playing on their iPads and smartphones, and that’s a wonderful thing that we could build on.

“They could benefit from seeing how this digital technology works in the world of work.”

Lord Baker, who is chairman of the Edge Foundation, dedicated to promoting vocational education and putting it on an equal footing of academic qualifications, will also make a plea for an increase in the Government’s programme for setting up University Technical Colleges. They are designed to combine a top-class vocational education with academic learning…

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Do you agree with Lord Baker – should primary school children be given more exposure to the world of work? Or do you think this would be the wrong way to go? Please let us know how you see it in the comments or via Twitter…

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  1. Phil B

    A large proportion of the kind of jobs primary school children will carry out, don’t exist yet. There is so much out there for young children to see,discover and learn about walkabouts in the workplace can wait until later.

  2. RBPBootcamp

    SchoolsImprove Lord Baker: Why only primary school pupils? Be a devil & include all pupils & students. If you need some help get in touch.

  3. neil_play

    SchoolsImprove Just teach them about the world! Living through an ipad teaches them nothing of real life. #loveoutdoorplay

  4. agittner

    edujdw ah but can you show progress up the chimney? what does level 6 cleaning look like? remember to discuss with them before they go up

  5. standing_tony

    neil_play SchoolsImprove
    I disagree to some extent. The technology is the real world. Hence the medium we are using.

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