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Scottish Chambers of Commerce: Much to Welcome in Wood Commission interim Report

[ 05-09-2013 ]

 Scottish Chambers of Commerce have given a broad welcome to the recommendations of Sir Ian Wood’s interim report of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.

Commenting, Scottish Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Liz Cameron said:


“We recognise that this education focussed interim report only tells half the story, and that the Commission’s focus on business is still to come.  However, this interim report contains much that the business community can welcome enthusiastically.


“The approach taken by the Commission, as evidenced in the report, is rooted in the real world, and the realities of the job market now and in the future.  The Commission are clear that schools and colleges must focus more on their responsibilities to prepare young people for work, echoing the consistent call of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


“In that spirit, SCC must particularly welcome Sir Ian’s recommendation that careers advice should be provided earlier, in both S1 and S3, to inform pupils’ subject choices.  It is critical that young people’s choices at this stage are informed by the realities of the world beyond education, and that they do not inadvertently cut themselves off in their mid-teens from exciting and rewarding career choices further down the line.


“We also particularly welcome the recommendation to enable inclusion of vocational education in the senior phase at school – which would be incentivised by the recommended shift in both schools’ and colleges’ performance measurement to an increased focus on vocational, employment and business collaboration outcomes.


“Lastly, we are pleased by the recognition given to the important work being undertaken by Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Chambers of Commerce in building collaboration between business and schools; we trust that as the Commission continues it work, this will be supported by many other examples of good practice that are to be found within the Scottish Chambers of Commerce network throughout the country.


“Scottish Chambers of Commerce look forward to working with the Commission as they develop their proposals further.  We will be providing the Commission with a detailed response to its interim report, but its recommendations for the education sector provide a good basis from which to take forward the Commission’s important task.”