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Updated: Aug 26, 2018

Tim Connor, An Entrepreneur and Philanthropist with businesses across 6 countries employing over 300 people under 30.

If you are a mother or father of an under 25 year old and haven’t heard that up to sixty percent of students are studying for jobs that will not be around in the next 10 years, you better wake up. These figures convey a stark reality. The UK education system is in the dark ages. I am a young entrepreneur whom at the age of 15 was selling very unhealthy sweets and cans of coke at school to fund buying a computer, so I could learn how the tech world worked (some may call this a dirty capitalist, I call this the actual value I got from school). Now aged 29, I visit schools every month to do the standard talk on ‘how to be an entrepreneur’ which is typically well received. It is a check box in most careers advisors long list of what the Head Teacher has told them to do to ‘connect to someone in business.’ However my fear is that they are paying little more than lip service to the challenges of the business world.

Like with everything we need to remember the purpose of giving our kids an education or even getting one ourselves. Many on the left of the political spectrum would say it’s about ‘life skills’ or building ‘character’ and yes maybe ten percent of this is true. But let’s get real, surely like in many Asian countries our goal should be to equip our kids with the business acumen to get a job or start a company that will bring prosperity to their families. Technology is moving at such a fast rate rendering jobs obsolete, we need to give our kids the skills to adapt to a workplace that is changing faster than ever. Has the UK completely forgotten this a large purpose to education or am I being too kind and maybe never realised this in the first place?

Let me just give you a startling statistic; A child whose mother can read is fifty percent more likely to survive past the age of five years old. While I let that sink in let me ask you this… Why are nearly twenty percent of 15 year old children nearly illiterate in the UK when the we are supposedly known for our ‘world class education system?’

Our mindsets needs to change on the way we view education, if you want your kids to bring success to themselves and families as they grow up. We need more vocational training and less emphasis on academia if we are going to survive in the modern era. And we need to look outside the four walls of an education establishment and realise that the chances are, the jobs of today simply won’t be there tomorrow.