A student panel discusses the future of employability skills with 60 business representatives.
On Wednesday 9th October, a panel of students from key stages 4 and 5 joined a conference on essential skills organised by BiTC (Business in the Community). Students had the opportunity to engage with a variety of businesses, such as UBS, Heathrow Airport and Ricoh, to debate the future of employability skills and how businesses could support schools more and differently in training students to develop essential skills. Their conversation highlighted the positive impact of support from businesses and debated how to make it more influential and long lasting.
Below are quotes from our students:
‘This experience was enriching because it allowed me to gain first-hand knowledge and be able to critically discuss essential skills with business representatives.’ (Nagat – 6th former)
‘I found the conference very beneficial as it gave me the opportunity to speak to a number of professionals and have an insight into skills valued by employers.’ (Nazanin – 6th former)
‘The whole experience was really informative, listening to people’s opinions and tips on skills techniques was great. I shared my views but I also had the chance to talk to the CEO of Heathrow Airport who gave me tips on how to improve as a person.’ (Francesco – Year 10 student)
‘It was a new experience where people considered my ideas and opinions seriously, but also a chance to have advice from business representatives and an opportunity to practice my communication skills and learn to be more confident.’ (Sidra – Year 11 student)
‘It was an eye-opening experience: to see how different businesses interact and could work with schools, but also learn about employers’ expectations.’ (Alan - 6th former)
Our students with Cheryl Phillips – BiTC Head of Campaigning, Education