We recently partnered with Education and Employers to release a major new report revealing a disconnection between young people’s career goals and jobs in the UK. The study explored current vacancies and projected demand. This report is based on over 8,500 young people aged 14-18, focusing on their responses revealed key findings.
Improving career guidance and activities in secondary education and colleges alone has the potential to reduce the disconnect by up to a fifth. Employers can also play a huge role in engaging young people and solving the disconnect. Giving young people the opportunity to meet with employers brings insights into schools and attracts and inspires them to consider alternative options connected to the labour market.
There is a huge potential to drive substantial advantages to the UK economy. By improving career support and provisions given in secondary schools and expanding career-related learning within primary schools, this can bridge the skills gap and better align young people’s career aspirations to the demand of the labour market.
Research confirms a positive correlation between GCSE attainment and young people engaging with the world of work. Research shows:
Alongside the ‘Disconnected: Career aspirations and jobs in the UK’ report new analysis of PISA data from the OECD will also launch ‘Dream Jobs? Teenagers’ Career Aspirations and the Future of Work’. Students have been asked to describe their views on the future of the world, their career aspirations and issues which matter to them. The World Economic Forum is directly accelerating career events and support.