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Jobs jargon buster

Plain English Campaign and City & Guilds have teamed up in a fight against ‘qualification confusion’.

According to a City & Guilds survey, almost half of London bosses ignore CVs that contain jargon or unfamiliar qualifications.

So, City & Guilds have responded by producing a new vocational curriculum and qualification, TechBac®, aimed at 14- to 19-year-olds. We’ve also worked with City & Guilds in launching a ‘jargon buster’ to help employers with educational jargon and acronyms.

Harrow College and the College of North West London will teach the TechBac®, which can be taken in engineering, construction, land, early years and digital/IT, with more subjects to be added.

Kirstie Donnelly, UK Managing Director of City & Guilds, said: “High levels of youth unemployment and increasing skills gaps across many sectors show that the education young people are receiving is not helping them to successfully compete and find employment, and our research shows employers are not getting what they need.”

The City & Guilds survey found that 57% of 1000 employers questioned are confused by acronyms on CVs and feel that jargon is often used to cover up a lack of skills. There was also uncertainty about the academic level of the likes of BTEC and NVQ qualifications.

Chrissie Maher OBE, Director of Plain English Campaign, said, “Employers won’t have a clue about a candidate’s ability to do the job if they don’t know what a qualification means. All qualifications need to be written in full and, if they’re relatively new, include an explanation of how they compare with more traditional qualifications.”

You can download the jargon buster at this link (PDF, 3.7MB).

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