The transition from education to employment

A report called ‘Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works’ by McKinsey and Company explores the transition for young people from school into sustainable employment. The report also questions why there is such a gap between what employers want and the skills students leave school with.

“There are high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of jobseekers with critical skills”.

The report found that half of young people are unsure that their post-secondary education has improved their chance of getting a job and almost 40 percent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies. These statistics part way explain the high level of youth unemployment as skills gained in school/university don’t always fulfil the skill criteria needed for the workplace.

This lack of skill in some school leavers has shown that vocational education, that involves learning on the job, is seen as a good solution for employers. However, amongst students, vocational education is still perceived as not as valuable as academic education.

This perception holds true in every surveyed country, apart from Germany where 51% of respondents said vocational education is more valuable than academic education. Germany is seen as an excellent example when it comes to practical skills, vocational and apprentice-based programmes. This is reflected with their youth unemployment rates which are amongst the lowest in Europe.

A lack of knowledge about vocational courses and the benefits associated with them may contribute to the belief that they aren’t as valuable as academic education. Careerscape provides students with a library of information on vocational subjects and what careers these can lead to.

Careerscape also contains detailed information about apprenticeships, including case studies, pictures and videos to help students explore the day-to-day activities for a variety of different apprenticeships.

However, the report also highlights how “most who attend vocational programs are unconvinced that they made the right decision to attend their particular institution”. This highlights the need for more career information and guidance for young people.

Students need this advice to prepare them for when “they face the daunting task of choosing what to study and where to study, as too many people take a wrong turn here… They need guidance on such matters as career paths, placement opportunities and wages.”

Kudos Inspire helps young people to make choices about their future education and employment at critical transition stages at 16- and 18-years-old.

All students can assess their interests and skills to have personalised careers suggested for them. GCSE students can then use these suggestions or the A-Z list of careers to explore what A-level or apprenticeship options would be useful for future careers.

Post-18 students can then use Kudos Inspire to help prepare UCAS applications or build their CV to help them succeed in their next transition to higher education, an apprenticeship, employment or a vocational course.

Find out more about how one school is using Kudos Inspire by clicking here.

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