This theme surfaces regularly in the media but the nature of the alleged problem shifts. At first, blame was laid by employers on schools due to the lack of literacy skills possessed by youngsters joining the labour market. Then, the focus shifted to youngsters’ lack of interest in working for a living. Recently, the lament has been the lack of social and customer awareness skills.
Challenge your local employers to watch a local high school musical or drama production as they will then be witnessing, on stage and back stage, a wealth of skills that are transferable to the workplace.
Those skills may not be obvious at first but employers and teachers need to think in terms of transferable working life skills. More employers will realise then that most young people are worthy of taking up a job in the workplace and of being given appropriate encouragement and development.
Are schools mainly at fault? Are employers simply shifting their responsibilities on to schools? Are there other solutions? For a different insight, read the article on our sister blog, HR Management Dimensions
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This article was updated on 16th March 2013