From Schoolwork To Real Work: How Education Fails Students In The Real World

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From Schoolwork To Real Work: How Education Fails Students In The Real World

Report by the Baker Dearing Trust.

A new report from the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity promoting University Technical Colleges, reveals schools are failing to prepare students for the world of work. Young STEM workers, looking back on their journey from school to work, would like to see a greater connection between employers and schools.

The report found that nearly (45%) of 20-35 year olds working in STEM-related roles (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) believe the subjects they studied at school are useless in the world of work. A greater number (61%) thought that learning technical skills would have been more useful than studying traditional academic subjects.

Three out of five (60%) of STEM workers also reported that they didn’t believe teachers had a sufficient understanding of the labour market and a similar number (63%) felt that schools didn’t understand the skills employers needed.

Recent research by OECD¹ suggests more than a quarter of pupils (28%) in England hope to be working in a science-related career by the time they are 30 years old. However, the findings in this report suggest there is a big disconnect between what young people are learning in schools and what employers demand of them in the workplace.

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¹ OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 report.

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