The Telegraph is reporting a new survey that suggests British school leavers are the worst in Europe for ‘essential skills’ needed to complete entry-level jobs in business…
Four in ten of firms polled in the UK felt that candidates for junior jobs lacked “functional skills, basic literacy and numeracy”, compared to 18 per cent of European firms.
The disparity is partly explained because firms in Europe spend more time than the UK in liaising with schools on the skills they need in the workplace, according to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), which carried out the survey.
Noel Tagoe, executive director of CIMA Education said: “In the UK the school and the work systems are divorced from each other and this leads to schools not providing the subjects companies need…”
The poll also showed that a lack of essential skills in new hires is affecting the performance of firms with a third of firms taking more than two months to fill junior roles and three quarters of UK school leavers requiring significant training…
The suggestion here is that employers should be working more closely with schools to ensure young people are learning the types of skills needed in the workplace.
Do you think there is merit in such a suggestion and if so how could such an approach work in practice?
Or do you resent the idea that education should be led by the objectives of employers?
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