Over the coming months you may hear your child mention that they are receiving Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) training at school and be wondering what it is – and why!
The prestigious MOS qualifications are globally-recognised and improve employability for students by validating their skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint, which then helps them to progress towards their career goals.
The Key Stage 4 learners who receive MOS Office Suite training can achieve a GCSE A* to C equivalent for this valuable vocational qualification, which is used by employers to validate the proficiency of their employees in computing skills.
It is really timely in the month that the UK celebrates National Careers Week (March 6-10) that parents and teachers alike get right behind initiatives like this and work to make sure our children are well-prepared for the world of work. This is particularly in light of the latest news on youth unemployment.
High youth unemployment is costing the British economy £45bn per year, according to research from PwC, as well as of course being a personal disaster for the young people involved.
16-24 year-olds account for nearly 40 per cent of the UK’s unemployment total and young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the working population.
Vocational education and training, such as the MOS qualification, can be key to taking that first step on the employment ladder.
MOS certification shows an extra level of commitment to a prospective employer. For school leavers looking for a first role, it makes their CV stand out from all the others. And if applying for a role that heavily depends on being proficient in Microsoft Office programmes, having an internationally recognised qualification in something essential to that role will give any new employer peace of mind.
Getting started on a career path has always been challenging – but if we all work together to ensure that the links between schools, skills and future pathways run smoothly it will help the younger generation to get that all important first job.