UPDATED: Proposed ‘ready to work passport’ will help young people find employment

Young employees helped with the report
Young employees helped with the report

A ‘ready to work passport’ which is completed at school has been suggested to help young people find employment.

The report of nine recommendations has been put together by Bucks County Council’s education, skills and children’s services select committee after it spoke to schools, colleges, businesses, parents and young people themselves.

More than one million young people in the UK are currently out of work.

So the proposed passport would act as a ‘certified demonstrable standard of basic work-readiness skills’.

Recommendations also include inspiring children into the world of work from primary school ages and encouraging schools and local businesses to work much closer together.

Committee chairman Val Letheren said: “This was a cross party inquiry during which we were impressed with some really good work currently happening to support young people to build skills.

“To help improve this even further it’s vital that we and all our partners work more closely together to ensure that young people leave school equipped with good, all-round work-readiness skills.

“It’s not just about exam results, but careers too.

“Many young people we spoke to repeatedly told us that they weren’t given enough careers advice at the time they needed it most.

“We hope our report goes some way to change this.”

The nine recommendations, which will be discussed at the council’s cabinet on Monday, are as follows:

- Schools should signpost key resources and highlight employability skills

- Schools and colleges should involve independent specialist services such as Connexions

- Schools should appoint a lead member for careers advice and hold headteachers to account over providing careers guidance

- Schools should invite local businesses and former pupils to speak about being ready for work in PSHE lessons

- Connexions Service should review their arrangements for referral of job and apprenticeship opportunities

- Local businesses should be encouraged to form links with schools and colleges

- Programmes specifically aimed at supporting young parents should be continued

- Primary Schools should be encouraged to inspire children to think about the world of work

- The introduction of a ‘ready to work passport’ in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Partnership to be offered to young people in school and college