Stat of the day: 33%

The percentage of 13-25-year-olds who say their school isn't preparing (or didn't prepare) them for the working world, according to a survey.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 23 May 2011
With unemployment still high, there’s little doubt that for the class of ’11, things aren’t going to be easy. But now a survey has suggested that schools aren’t exactly doing much to help students to get on in life. According to the Young Foundation, 13-25-year-olds feel like they’re not being adequately prepared to enter the working world: apparently, over a third say they haven’t learned leadership skills, while half say they’re not taught enterprise skills.

Granted, leadership might not be a traditional subject, but we'd argue that with the number of young, unemployed people still growing, it's becoming more and more important for school- and college-leavers to have the sorts of soft skills employers are looking for. Perhaps it's time for schools to follow Cheltenham College's lead...

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