Educators pledge to deliver work-ready studentsNov 20, 2013
That was the message to business leaders from University Campus Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes College.
Presenters Dr Paul Sant, the associate dean at UCMK, and Milton Keynes College deputy principal Nick Isles told delegates at the breakfast event organised by Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership that business and education were working together to understand each other’s priorities and to work more closely together.
Both presenters advocated a more pro-active process which took account of the traditional educational demands but also people skills, negotiation skills and an understanding of how business works.
They were speaking after delegates enjoyed breakfast in the new student-run Brasserie restaurant on Milton Keynes College’s Bletchley campus. MKBLP was the first external organisation to host an event at the Brasserie.
MKBLP chairman Philip Smith pictured centre with Dr Sant (left) and Mr Isles, said: “We hear constantly about young people entering the workforce and not having the necessary skills.
"The partnership highlighted here is working closely with local businesses to ensure that their students are equipped with the skills which will see them work ready as soon as they leave education.
“We now need businesses to come forward and work alongside to give young people the best possible opportunities in the future. There is no short-term fix here – business has to invest time in developing programmes of their future needs and agreeing them coherently with academics.”