New research highlights importance of learning outside the classroom

Date Posted: 26/11/2014

Providers of outdoor education, Essex Outdoors, has echoed concerns raised in new research by the British Chamber of Commerce, which has revealed that 57 per cent of businesses believe young people are lacking the basic ‘soft’ skills to succeed in the working world.

British Chamber of Commerce warns that young people need to be better equipped for employment and that businesses and schools should play a greater role in preparing the next generation of workers. 

Essex Outdoors, part of Essex County Council, is a provider of outdoor education, delivering a range of outdoor learning programmes at centres across Essex and the Eastern region.

Its centres offer wide variety of different courses ranging from outdoor learning programmes and environmental education, through to adventurous activity courses. 

Richard Forbes, head of  Essex Outdoors explained why he welcomes the research: “We need to raise awareness and recognition of the fact that outdoor education, including dedicated outdoor education programmes, activities within school grounds or even activities at home, has a vital part to play in supporting the development of children’s physical, social and personal skills.”

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