On Wednesday 30th September, the Centre’s Director of Development, Dr. Tom Harrison, chaired the 2015 Annual Lecture and Debate, ‘Ready for Work?’, hosted by the Schools Students and Teacher Network (SSAT). The debate explored the extent of the employability challenge facing schools and employers, with a focus on the types of skills or attributes that constitute ‘work readiness’. Dr Harrison concluded the meeting with a summary of the key areas of discussion and actions to take forward, as follows:
• at a national level, pinning accountability to what employers, parents and schools value (not just exam results)
• integrating character and skills into school curricula
• ensuring all apprenticeships are genuine
• valuing diversity, in young people, and schools, and companies
• joined-up working, especially: ‘primary schools and secondary schools and employers working together: I think that is what our community needs.’
Read more about ‘Ready for Work?’ here.