Young people in London should be given a “skills guarantee” to help them find work upon leaving school, according to former Labour cabinet minister, Dame Tessa Jowell.
Jowell, who could be lining up as the Labour candidate for the next London mayoral elections, said that schools in the capital need to ensure their pupils leave with not only the qualifications needed to secure a job but the skills as well, topnewstoday.org reports. This would not only sate the companies looking for ‘experience’ in their roles, but also help close a skills gap that some analysts have said is growing fast.
She went on to say that a skills guarantee shouldn’t just be a consideration for schools, however, but businesses and policy makers. Only with such widespread support could such a scheme get off the ground.
Elsewhere, any pupils who start to fall behind in literacy or numeracy could be given additional support to help them in interview situations.
Explaining her plans further, Jowell told standard.co.uk: “We need a plan to prevent young Londoners, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, from becoming unemployed in the first place.
“This is where there’s a real opportunity for a skills guarantee that will ensure no young person leaves education without the necessary skills, not only to secure work but to progress.”