Rachael Saunders, Education Director, Business in the Community, said: “World Skills Day highlights the great work that so many young people, and those supporting them, are doing to develop the skills Britain needs.
“Business can make a huge difference. Whether through a schools partnership such as Business Class or through using the brilliant Skills Builder tools. Support National Numeracy, work with the National Literacy Trust, learn from the brilliant Science Capital approach. There is so much that business can do to support young people to prepare for the future life and the world of work, so that every child, especially those facing social disadvantage, can get the skills they need to succeed at school and thrive in business.
“Government can change tack too – we know from the schools and head teachers we work with that if government assessed schools on their contribution to young people’s skills as well as their knowledge, more young people would be better prepared for the future.”