Results for Life

The Prince’s Trust and HSBC releases its Results for Life report. Based on a Censuswide survey, the report gauges how much value is placed on soft skills and whether young people feel they have enough support to learn these skills both at school and in the workplace.

Our Results for Life report, supported by HSBC, reveals that soft skills such as teamwork, communication and confidence are considered by young people, teachers and employees to be as important to achieving success in life as good grades.

Key findings

  • 43% of young people don’t feel prepared to enter the work force, with many worried that they lack confidence and soft skills

  • 72% of employees don’t think they had all the soft skills they needed to do well when they first entered the workplace

  • 91% of teachers think schools should be doing more to help students develop soft skills

While young people consider maths and literacy to be the most important things to learn at school, soft skills (including confidence and communication) are next in line – ahead of subjects like IT and languages. When asked why they think these skills are so important, 62% of young people said that having them will help them to get a job.

Worryingly, 43% of young people don’t feel prepared to enter the workforce, with 43% of those who feel this way believing their soft skills are not good enough and 46% saying their confidence is too low. More than half (52%) of young people also feel their school does not fully support them to develop in these areas.

When comparing these findings with the views of employees and teachers, it appears the concerns young people raise are not unfounded. More than a quarter of teachers (27%) think that most of the students they teach don’t yet have all the soft skills required to do well after school, and 91% think schools should be doing more to help students to develop these skills.

Read and download the full report findings Results for Life

Do you agree? Do schools need to provide more training in teamwork, communication and confidence before pupils leave school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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