College and employers team up to prepare pupils for workBy Laura Herbert
April 10, 2012
The principal of Bracknell & Wokingham College has been working with employers to help get young people ready for work.
Campbell Christie CBE has been investigating what employers need from young employees.
He said: “What is ‘work ready’? Is it a specific skill? Is it a positive attitude? Is it being able to read, write and add up?
“Of course it is all of these – as well as being punctual, self-disciplined and being able to work as part of a team.
“Many in our community have been thinking about the essential attributes that young people need to have to be ready for the world of work.
“Bracknell & Wokingham College has been leading on aspects of this ‘work ready’ agenda, bringing together headteachers from Bracknell and Wokingham and employers, represented by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
“We have been discussing what the phrase really means to identify what can be done to give our young people a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the world of work.”
A key part of identifying what an employer needs has been led by the Bracknell Forest Economic Skills and Development Partnership, chaired by David Cook.
He said: “The work we are doing in the Economic and Skills Development Partnership is critical to providing local employers with the skills they need, not only to survive but also to thrive.
“I am pleased to see how well those that provide the skills – like Bracknell & Wokingham College – have been working with local employers to identify and then deliver those skills.”
For information, call the college’s apprenticeships team on (01344) 766 678 or email email@example.com