by Tom Cridland
A survey by the business group has found eight out of 10 British school-leavers “lack essential business skills” such as numeracy. More than 80% of young people require “significant training” before being put to work, according to the 4,000 finance professionals questioned. The figure is worse than last year, when 75% of school-leavers were said to need this level of help after being hired.
The top areas of for new recruits are people skills and business skills, followed by technical skills.
As a young entrepreneur, I find it extremely demoralising that our government does not seem interested in improving our education system at a time when, according to the BBC report, 80% of young people require “significant training” before being put to work. I’m a 26 year old designer from London trying to change the fashion industry for the better. In light of fashion becoming the world’s second most polluting industry after oil, now is the time when fast fashion needs to be fought. My answer? Guaranteeing wardrobe staples, such as sweatshirts, t-shirts and jackets, to last for 30 Years to make consumers look better, save them money and help counter the needless cycle of consumption and waste that is destroying our planet.
No honey, no money: lack of knowledge and money
I started with a £6,000 start-up loan two years ago but since then I have already had the honour of making clothing for Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Stiller, Rod Stewart, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Piven, Nigel Olsson, Brandon Flowers, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers, Michael Portillo, Stephan Merchant, Frankie Valli, Daniel Craig, Neil Young, Danny McBride, Clint Eastwood and Kendrick Lamar.
My entrepreneurial journey has taken me everywhere from having coffee spilt on my trousers by Jeremy Corbyn before a radio interview to being backstage at Elton John concerts, from being broke to now turning over more than £1m. My work is a true labour of love and I want to give back and support young people in Britain who have the talent to start businesses but simply lack training. Come and see me!