Amid the worrying trend of youth unemployment, the British Chambers of Commerce, BCC, has just published their Skills and Employment Manifesto.
This sets out their ideas on how the education system could (and should) ensure that schools are not just assessed academically but also on how they teach employability skills and workplace preparation.
It also calls for a partnership between OfSted and businesses/employers.
Their manifesto calls for careers education at an earlier stage and a new qualification which assesses numeracy, literacy, ICT and foreign languages. They are basically proposing a shift whereby education is as much about preparing for the workplace as it is about academic achievement.
You can download the BCC Skills and Employment Manifesto here: