Technical skills only half of the equation

08 March 2017

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Maryanne Matthews, Chief Executive, EY Foundation, comments on funding for technical education:

The Chancellor is right to point out that too many young people are not ready for the workplace although technical skills are only half of the equation. Every young person, regardless of background, also needs to receive training in core soft skills.

Being able to work in groups, give presentations and receive feedback from managers are essential. Too many young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, do not get this kind of experience, hampering their future career development.

The EY Foundation believes that core skills training needs to be made part of the national curriculum for every 11-18 year old – good for young people and the economy.