Employers have consistently raised concerns that young people are leaving education without key employability skills and a general awareness of the world of work. Many are frustrated by the failings of the traditional two week ‘work experience’ block, and share the view that more must be done to improve the authenticity of work experience and the quality of employer engagement in education.
Stephenson Studio School addresses this; strong links with local employers lie at the heart of our model. Employability skills will run through all aspects of the curriculum, from the way students learn to the qualifications they achieve. Crucially, our learners spend a significant portion of their weekly time in real work. This allows them to develop the skills and experience they need to succeed in their local labour market.
Research shows that, through working with Studio Schools, employers can improve their productivity and competitiveness. The shortage of employability skills is one of the biggest threats to businesses. Employers can ensure that young people develop these skills by helping to shape the curriculum and type of qualifications offered in Studio Schools.
If you would like more information about getting involved with Stephenson Studio School please contact us.