Preparing young people for work…

_39082269_lordsstill_300I spoke yesterday in a debate, initiated by former Education Secretary, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, on preparing young people for work.  The emphasis in the debate tended to be on schoolchildren as well as those not in employment, education or training.  I focused on university students and the importance of experience-based learning.  I drew on my experience, having spent twenty-five years arranging student placements at Westminster.  Such placements help students acquire or hone skills, not least those that employers value, as well as contributing enormously to personal development.  The speech can be read here.  It was an interesting debate, with a clear message from all parts of the House.


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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One Response to Preparing young people for work…

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    The link appears inactive (usually an html error) at the time I post this comment. I just wish to say how much it means to me to have you bring together both the economics and the personal development side of the process which is the result a sound educational and training policy. My language seems extreme to many but in my opinion, to choose either economics OR personal development as goals for the preparation of young adults is to give up on all of the best of civilization. We all still pay the costs of civilization in considerable measure but in many places and ventures have already abandoned its benefits by changing the basic aspirational discourse.

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