Employability. While training and coaching job seekers, I find the same core problems repeat: poor literacy, IT & communication skills.
Many job seekers have no CV, no idea how to use the internet to source work and frequently don’t own a diary to organise their search.
We need to make sure that children and teens know how to use the internet for more than just entertainment, and get them into the habit of enjoying creating their CV from an early age – because when it comes to a crisis and they don’t have one they are severely disadvantaged.
Recent attention to the UK benefits system doesn’t address the reality – for many, unemployment isn’t the problem, it’s a symptom.
One real problem is the UK’s failure to tackle literacy problems early, especially for boys.
If you can’t read well, you can’t succeed in education and training, can’t access any but the most basic jobs and so often become an outsider in a society that requires the ability to read.
So many of the prison population can’t read, perhaps because dyslexia was never spotted and help was never given when it was most needed.
Reading matters. And one of the best ways to promote it is to read aloud to your children to ensure they develop a love of language and literature early. It’s one of the best gifts you can give a child. PH
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