A high profile event focusing on how policy makers and businesses can work together to increase employability skills in young people is taking place on 8 March at the Bristol offices of professional services firm PwC.
The event, which is a collaboration between PwC, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Business in the Community, will look at how policy makers and businesses can work together to ensure that education and training systems promote the employability skills young people need, as well as increasing social mobility.
The keynote speech will come from Claire Hiscott, Bristol Councillor for Horfield and cabinet member to the Bristol Mayor on Education and Skills. Following this, a panel discussion between delegates from the Skills Funding Agency, University of the West of England, PwC, ACCA, Business in the Community and Bristol Youth Council will consider the economic and societal benefits of inclusive education; how to make sure that education and training are relevant to the actual and future workplace; as well as how to break down the barriers to access.
Katharine Finn, Chair for PwC’s West region, said: “I’m really pleased to support this important event which brings together a diverse range of experts with a shared interest in boosting employability skills in young people.
One of the findings coming from PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey is that 80% of CEOs surveyed expressed a difficulty in finding staff with key skills. I’m confident that this event will encourage some valuable debate around how we can all work together to give today’s young people the workplace skills they will need.”