The Telegraph reports that Britain is facing a severe skills shortage as poor education at schools followed by weak training for adults has left young workers struggling to meet basic standards for reading and maths.
Almost every other developed country has had more success in building a skilled workforce, leaving the UK economy at risk of falling behind, according to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)
England and Northern Ireland rank in the bottom four OECD countries for literacy and numeracy among 16-24 year olds, while employers invest less in skills than most other EU countries.
“This is a sobering analysis of the state of skills in the UK. Our report should serve as a real wake-up call for the Government to break with the past two decades of failed skills policy and set the UK on a new course..” said the CIPD’s skills adviser Lizzie Crowley.
“As we move towards Brexit, and possible restrictions on overseas talent, it’s crucial that government works in partnership with education providers and businesses..”
It comes after business groups urged the Government to focus the industrial strategy on improving productivity, particularly in the UK’s poorest areas, with the aim of reducing inequality and boosting living standards.
Ranked in the bottom 4 OECD countries. Isn’t it embarrassing? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter ~ Tamsin
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