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Young people 'must be ready for employment'

Friday 04 March 2011 by Gina Le Prevost

More must be done to ensure young people such as graduates looking for accounting jobs are equipped for the world of work. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, commenting on the Wolf Review into vocational education that was published yesterday (March 3rd), there should be a greater focus on ensuring those leaving education are ready to enter employment. Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy at the group, said "basic employability skills are essential" and called for lasting reforms to the educational system that would benefit the UK's economy in the long-term. He also highlighted the benefits of apprenticeships, which he said must be given a real status to reflect the quality of the workers they produce. The review, which was commissioned by the education secretary Michael Gove and carried out by Professor Allison Wolf, found that many young people are making poor choices when they select which qualifications they will study for.