Soft skills should be taught at school according to study by Association of Graduate Recruiters
We recently exhibited at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Development Conference in London. It was a thought-provoking event that generated some interesting talking points.
One of the key themes that came out of the conference was how success in the workplace is greatly dependent on a graduate’s attitudes and behaviours. It was based on a recent AGR study that discovered: ‘half of employers do not think that graduates generally have the workplace skills they need when they are first hired’.
The study went on to reveal that new graduate employees often struggle with teamwork and problem solving and lack the soft skills, such as self-awareness and a sense of agency that can be vital for success in the workplace. The AGR argued that these skills should be taught early, ‘before young people go to university or into employment’.
Getting ready for the workplace
From our point of view, it’s extremely encouraging to see the value employers place on soft skills. Here at YMCA Lakeside, equipping young people with life skills is and always has been at the heart of our outdoor education programmes as Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager says:
“Year after year we see young people learn to work together and manage their own behaviours in group situations. One of the most satisfying aspects of my job is seeing young people, given the right environment, support and encouragement, grow in confidence, literally before our very eyes.”