To equip young people with the skills they need for life, we must focus on areas such as communication, creativity, problem solving and resilience. These are the skills that will help them thrive in the modern world.
Unfortunately, too often, education is seen as a purely economic investment. This narrow view fails to recognise the importance of these other skills.
Fortunately, there are signs that things are changing. The new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has said he wants to ensure young people leave education with the \”skills for life\”. This is a welcome change of direction and one that should be welcomed by all those who care about the future of our country.
We now need to ensure that this direction change is translated into action. We need to see more investment in teaching these essential life skills. We need to see a curriculum that allows young people to develop these skills. And we need to see a culture change in our schools, colleges and universities so that these skills are valued as highly as academic achievement.
Only then will we give young people the best possible chance to succeed.
From a survey conducted by the professional services firm PwC, it is evident that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the shortcomings of a system that is not training up the workforce the country requires to thrive. This lack of skills within the crew can be linked to children not being taught essential life skills in school. If we want to see a change in the way our country functions, we need to start by investing in teaching children these skills.
Some of the skills that are necessary for life include communication, creativity, problem solving and resilience. Often education is seen as a purely economic investment, and this viewpoint fails to recognise how important these other skills are. With a change in perspective, we can begin to invest more time and resources into developing curriculums that teach these skills.
For this to be successful, we need buy-in from everyone involved in the education system. This means that teachers, professors, school administrators and government officials must be on board with this change. Once everyone works together towards this common goal, we can begin to see real progress.
Our country\’s future depends on today\’s youth, and they must be given the best possible chance to succeed in life. By investing in teaching children important life skills, we are setting them up for a bright future and a strong workforce. Let’s make this change happen so our country can thrive for years.
The skills gap is a major issue for many businesses as they struggle to find employees with basic literacy and numeracy and those digital abilities necessary in today\’s ever-changing work environment. One-third (34%) reported shortages in both physical sciences proficiencies like engineering or chemistry; 35% said there were noticeable gaps when looking at more specialised fields such hydrology versus soil science – one being largely irrelevant without the other! Additionally, 39 per cent noted difficulty recruiting people who can support the transition towards net zero within 12 months.
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