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UK education system is failing employers, says City & Guilds product development director

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The UK’s education system is not helping 16-18-year-olds into employment and is failing employers, according to Kirstie Donnelly, product development director at vocational education organisation, City & Guilds.

Donnelly was speaking yesterday at the Learning Technologies conference in London. She said that it was a "tragedy" that with high levels of youth unemployment, there are still job vacancies to fill.

Donnelly added: "It's depressing that one in three business owners believe the system is failing and many of our young people are still lacking the soft skills needed to gain employment.

"Our 16-18-year-olds are continually alienated from the workplace, which in the 21st century is an absolute tragedy."

Donnelly who in 2011 won an MBE for her services to e-learning in the further education/adult sector, said she believes technology can make a huge change to employment levels.

She said: "Technology has grown at such a fast pace over the past 10 years and I think we can all agree now, technology is a huge enabler for change.

"As the vocational landscape changes around us, everyone from teachers, employers and students has a responsibility to the youth unemployment problem."