Schools should teach interview techniques, say business leaders

The TES is reporting that business leaders have suggested schools should offer lessons on recruitment and interview techniques in a bid to help students to prepare for the world of work.

Employers urged schools to do more to help young people find work amid warnings that youth unemployment and skills gaps are a “national embarrassment”.

Research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) found that business and education were “worlds apart” when it comes to careers advice…

The BCC also pressed for work skills such as communication and computer literacy to be embedded in the school curriculum…

John Longworth, director general of the BCC, said: “…High youth unemployment and business skills gaps are a cause for national embarrassment. Unless ministers allow schools to increase their focus on preparing students for the working world and businesses step up and do more to engage, inform and inspire, we could fail an entire generation of young people.

The survey of 3,200 businesses and 300 education leaders found a “mismatch” on the views of careers guidance.

Four out of five secondary schools believe they are effective at offering careers advice, but all businesses said the system needed to be reformed…

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At the time of writing, the report from the BCC is not available (although you can read more here: BCC: Businesses and schools ‘still worlds apart’ on readiness for work, but is there merit in the suggestion that young people need better training and preparation for the world of work?

Should the government allow schools to change their focus?

And how can schools and businesses work together more effectively on these issues?

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  1. The_Data_Adonis

    SchoolsImprove for sixth forms I would recommend including the free FutureLearn on line courses on interview techniques in study prog

  2. Question. Is it not the role of the person carrying out the interview to a) put the interviewee at ease, b) explore their experience through planned and carefully structured questions c)encourage full answers where limited or part answers given.

    In short, where are the professional responsibilities located?

  3. Tim_Legg SchoolsImprove I would be surprised to find schools that don’t offer such advice.  That said, the quality of careers education and guidance (CEG) has nosedived in recent years.  Could it be that generic work-related education could also fall victim to league table pressure?  Work experience, for example, is no longer universally offered to pupils.  Could mock interviews go the same way, if they haven’t done so already?

  4. KitesConsulting

    SchoolsImprove It would be great if schools developed confidence and respect (increased self-esteem) which would improve interviews.

  5. _mattac_

    SchoolsImprove Parents need get children ording food , answer the phone .. many young people feel anxious talking out away from peer group

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