A-Level results day: Business has a vital role in building skills needed for work

The results are in and whether it’s a time for students to celebrate or re-assess their options, business leaders should be looking at their role in every young person getting the most out of their education, leading to a successful working life and thriving in business, particularly those facing social disadvantage.

Rachael Saunders, education director at Business in the Community, said: “There is a lot of great work being done by many young people and those supporting them, including business, to build the skills Britain needs. But we still need to do more.

“We also need government to play its part, to work with business on curriculum content and to value the contribution that schools make to young people’s skills, as well as their knowledge. High quality skills – from STEM, literacy and numeracy, to resilience, teamwork and problem solving - are critical to social mobility.  With teachers under pressure from an inspection framework focused on knowledge, and school budgets squeezed, business has a vital role in making sure that children have the skills they need to succeed in the world of work.”

Media contact
Laura Cooney, PR officer, Business in the Community, Tel: 020 7566 8653, Email: laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk