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Taking a hard line on soft skills

A certain ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude is evident among leading figures in FE when it comes to work-readiness

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Given the extent to which the great and the good of the FE sector bang on about the importance of soft skills to ensure young people are prepared for employment, it can prove highly embarrassing – not to mention hugely entertaining – when they fail to display them.

The classic example was back in 2013 when then skills minister Matthew Hancock famously overslept and arrived late for a television interview about traineeships, the flagship initiative designed to provide young people with the basic skills needed for the world of work. As the red-faced minister admitted: “It proves the point. You ...

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