Do Schools Have a Role in Improving Productivity?

For many years, the UK has experienced low productivity.  Whilst some causes are beyond the control of senior managers in an organisation, research and other trends indicate that managers can prepare to address the new pressures and increase productivity.

Schools have a role in helping UK managers
to raise productivity.

The Challenge for Schools and the Education Sector

This is an extract from the second of our articles on the issues facing organisations as the pressure on salary costs will grow in the coming months.  This extract focuses on the potential role of schools in the productivity jigsaw.

“There still remains the issue of low skills or perhaps more accurately the lack of opportunities for young people to explore how their interests and gifts can find fulfillment in different types of work.   We need to go further than a work experience week.  Is there not a place for enabling youngsters to explore their skills before the end of the school year so that they can see how their interests and natural abilities can be put to use at work and thus widen their horizons of what they could do?   The weeks after SATs etc. could be put to use by giving them an exposure to various practical skills and learning opportunities about different disciplines and so whet their appetite to explore job/career options in which they develop an interest.

We need to value practical skills in manufacturing and engineering but also provide real taster experiences for young people to identify what leanings they have and what direction they should take in work.  However that is not just a challenge for schools and colleges –  companies also have to be prepared to invest time in making such practical lessons and experiences of interest and realistic.”

You can read more in our two articles on the issues of Productivity in the UK in our HR Management Dimensions blog

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Are School Leavers Ill Equipped for Working Life?

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

‘Develop Young People for their Working Life’

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This article was updated on 16th March 2013