We were delighted recently to host a roundtable on the topic of ‘learning how to work’, alongside accountants Vale & West and in association with media partners, The Business Magazine.
Employers, students and organisations connecting Vale & West with St Joseph’s College discussed whether schools are producing students with the required skills for today’s world of work. The employers on the panel were keen to share their recruitment experiences and hear how St Joseph’s student leaders view the challenges of life after school and university.
Our Head students and Deputy Head students; Angelica, Hugh, Lydia and Louis offered their views on the need to future-proof students’ array of skills to cope with uncertainty about both job roles and job security, as well as how they see the future employment landscape. Our student leadership team highlighted the potential flaws in today’s curriculum in preparing students for future employment, as well as the importance of work placement in developing talent and making progress in chosen career paths.
Not only have Vale & West and St Joseph’s College enjoyed a close connection for many years but we are also both celebrating our 125th anniversaries this year. To mark the 12th legacy link, Vale & West will provide an ongoing annual work experience opportunity at its Reading office for a St Joseph’s student.