Belfast Telegraph

Young people unprepared for work, reveals survey of firms in Northern Ireland

By Michael McHugh

Businesses have attacked the quality of careers advice for young people in Northern Ireland, saying it leaves them unprepared for the world of work.

They highlighted problems such as shortcomings in self-management and resilience, work experience and business and customer awareness.

A total of 234 firms in the country took park in a UK-wide survey by Pearson College London. Of the businesses surveyed, 93% would be willing to play a greater role in supporting schools and colleges. Many reported weaknesses in graduates' readiness for employment. The study said 37% reported shortcomings in self-management and resilience, 40% reported a lack of relevant work experience, and 50% were not satisfied with graduates' levels of business and customer awareness. Businesses here overwhelmingly (94%) believed the quality of advice young people received was not good enough to help them make informed decisions about career options.

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