I ran a Business Skills development Challenge at Castle Special School in Walsall today. These young people have academic difficulties but they can certainly raise their game when it comes to showing social and employability skills.
I have worked with these young people for five years on a regular basis and have seen them develop into fine young people. The school is superb and the teachers are so professional and organised that it’s a pleasure to be there.
The kids came up with a range of ideas (including apps, cars and toys of the future) and then wrote and delivered a presentation on their new product…All in half an hour!
My fear for these young people is that they will not get great qualifications, cannot complete a high standard CV and would interview pretty badly (they are not comfortable with new people). They could hold down a job of some description but will they ever get the chance?
It’s a shame that our ‘system’ does not offer the right after-education support and we allow potential to remain unfulfilled.
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