School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’

A  survey by the business group has found eight out of 10 British school-leavers “lack essential business skills” such as numeracy. More than 80% of young people require “significant training” before being put to work, according to the 4,000 finance professionals questioned.

The figure is worse than last year, when 75% of school-leavers were said to need this level of help after being hired.

More than 90% of those surveyed in the UK reported that their workload had increased as a result of skills shortages, with 66% agreeing it had increased the stress levels of staff and 44% that it had caused a fall in departmental performance.

“It is clear the education system is failing young people and failing business. Children spend at least 14 years being schooled, and that provides ample opportunity to equip them with the basic numeracy and literacy skills on which to base a career,” says Noel Tagoe, executive director of CIMA Education.

“Over the years our various governments have been keen to champion new ideas in education. My concern is that in the long-term the frequency of these changes appear not to be strengthening students’ grasp of the basics,” he adds.

02/11/2016