A WATCHDOG has suggested ways in which the council can help instill work readiness in the town's young people.

Barnsley Council's economy and skills scrutiny commission was told by employers that although many youngsters have the academic qualifications they require, many cannot find jobs because they lack work-related skills such as a hungry work ethic good timekeeping.

The watchdog has recommended the council strengthens its relationship with schools and employers to help young people become more work ready.

The council's ruling cabinet said it had worked with school leaders and the One Barnsley Skills, Enterprise and Employability Board to get business leaders and schools involved in the programme.

Other recommendations include creating a list of work experience placements, more support for businesses who are willing to offer apprenticeships, and introducing an 'employability' module into the curriculum.