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Date: 9 September 2014
This report sets out the findings of a research project that seeks to answer the questions: what do young people need to be ready for work? And what makes the biggest difference to their work readiness? Our aim is to equip service providers, employers, funders and policymakers with the information they need to inform their service design and investment decisions.
The fractured nature of career services today has led to a situation where young people, and those who support them, rarely have direct contact with a representative range of employers. When we talk about the skills young people need to be ‘work ready’, often cited are a list of ’employability skills’ that are essentially outcomes, or second-order factors, such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving and communication. This leaves young people asking the question: “But how do I get those capabilities in the first place?” Those developing the programmes are left wondering how they can support young people to obtain these capabilities.
The outcome of our research with employers, social organisations, educators and young people leads us to conclude that, alongside stable personal circumstances and appropriate qualifications, young people must attain a set of six vital capabilities in order to be ready for work.