The MSA (Motor Schools Association) has called for learning to drive to be added to the curriculum to help combat youth unemployment (Newslink).
The call follows a report into youth unemployment, commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which the MSA says ignores the importance of holding a driving licence for those looking to access the jobs market.
The report’s authors called for a more strategic approach to ensure that local educational provision is joined up and caters for the diverse needs of young people as they move from education to employment.
Andy Pearce, a London-based HR director, said the lack of reference to driving was an oversight.
He said: “I don’t know whether it is because ‘driving’ is not a PC activity nowadays, but the fact remains being able to drive opens the way to millions of jobs in the UK. Many job ads state the need for a driving licence to be held by successful candidates.
“I can’t help but feel that if we included learning to drive in the post-17 syllabus we would vastly improve school leavers’ chances of finding work.”