Education system is failing British businesses


A new survey has found that one in three firms believe that the education system is failing to equip young people with the skills required by British businesses.

The survey of 1,000 firms, conducted by Adecco, found that newcomers to the world of work were found to be most lacking in interpersonal and computer skills. The recruiter has now called on the education system, employers and the Government to tackle ''substantial shortcomings'' in workplace skills, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Chris Moore, of Adecco Group, said: ''Although extremely valuable, a strong academic record is no longer a sufficient prerequisite for entry into today's working environment. Employers now hold attitude and personality in greater esteem than academic or even vocational qualifications when assessing new recruits.

"Collectively, we - the Government, businesses and educators - must work together and take full responsibility for developing skills in line with commercial needs.
''Financial acumen, communications techniques and a full appreciation of the attitude required to excel in the commercial world must now form a core part of curricula. We have to listen to employers who are telling us that our education system has to ensure soft skills are valued alongside an emphasis on academic excellence.''

The research discovered almost half of graduates admitted that their degree failed to provide the right skills to enter the world of work.
The main deficiencies cited by employers were interpersonal skills and IT skills, with a quarter even reporting a lack of basic literacy and numeracy among graduate recruits.
In addition, some firms believed that younger employees compared favourably with their older colleagues in areas such as timekeeping, productivity, teamwork, working long hours, or showing loyalty.

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