The Princes Trust recently released a report regarding soft skills in comparison to academic success. ‘The report gauges how much value is placed on soft skills and whether young people feel they have enough support to learn the skills back at school and in the workplace’
One of the key findings within this research was that 43% of young people don’t feel prepared to enter the work force, with many worried that they lack soft skills. ‘Soft skills’ include things such as confidence, communication and team work.
After reading this report, I felt it was important to share some of the ways that we, as an education provider, are working to improve these figures, ensuring that all learners are ready for the workplace upon leaving us each year.
A key part of our curriculum at Progress Schools is careers. This is its own subject timetabled in at least one a week, allowing learners to gain information on the opportunities out there for them when they leave school. Through these sessions we support earners with college applications, interviews plus advice on full time work and employment. They have time laid out to identify the steps they need to take to reach all of their aspirations and goals.
Throughout the school year, learners have plenty of opportunity to work as a team, whether it’s through sporting activities, group work in lessons, charity fundraisers or our enterprise projects that run each term. Within these enterprise projects, students have to work together to create something such as a product, a film or an idea, great for building positive relationships between peers.
Our students have the opportunity to do work experience throughout their time here. This allows each learner to have a taste of an industry they are considering a future in, before delving in to a full time commitment post 16. This includes fields such as engineering, sport and fitness and childcare. Work placements offer a hugely valuable piece of experience to young people, especially since they can add it to their CV.
If you think you could offer work experience to a learner at one of our schools, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more on the report from The Princes Trust, follow the link: https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/research-policies-reports/education-report-2017?utm_source=twitter_aug&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=education