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The Issue

We want the next generation of entrepreneurs to be workforce ready as they enter the jobs market. Many businesses tell us the young people they’re looking to employ or take on as an apprentice often lack key employability skills including:
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-Management
  • Problem Solving

We think these skills should be part of the curriculum taught in schools from an early age. This will improve the career prospects of students and reduce the training burden on small firms.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re campaigning to ensure all young people entering employment have the right levels of numeracy and literacy skills.
  • We’re lobbying the Government to further incentivise all schools to offer an inspiring high quality careers education, including guidance on post-school education and training opportunities, to all pupils.
  • We’re working with Young Enterprise to increase the links between our members and schools. We want to encourage the next generation of young entrepreneurs and business owners.
  • We’re encouraging education providers to “Think Business” adding real life context to their teaching and relevance to learning.

Our Goal

Young people should leave the compulsory education system with a good level of numeracy, literacy and employability skills. Relevant, high-quality work experience with local businesses should also be offered to all pupils, along with an inspiring careers education and guidance programme.

“When I left (school), I had no education, I had to teach myself to read and write. No–one ever said proudly: ‘He’s done this, or achieved that,’ it was always: ‘Stupid kid you can’t read you can’t write you’re never going anywhere, you won’t amount to anything’ 21 year old apprentice Chef Stuart Gain.

Achievements in...



  • Leading the conversation on developing character and employability skills in school.
  • Encouraging Ofsted to focus more on careers education and employability during inspections.
  • Ensuring Government recognises that the current skills shortage is directly linked to productivity.
  • Promoting the importance of quality over quantity of educational qualifications to MPs in Parliament.
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  • We’re pushing the Scottish Government to make enterprise education available to all school pupils.

  • We’re lobbying the Scottish Government and Education Scotland to introduce more rigorous inspections and reviews to make sure pupils are work-ready and have high quality soft and digital skills.

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