UK business unhappy with school leavers’ skills
June 11, 2012 Leave a comment
A survey conducted by the CBI employers’ group and Pearson UK across 542 businesses (1.6m employees) has found that a third of businesses are dissatisfied with schools leavers’ literacy and numeracy skills and suggests that there has been little improvement in basic skills over the past decade.
These findings boost the government’s proposal for reforming the primary curriculum which includes making foreign languages madatory from the age of seven with the aim of closing the skills gap for employers. The survey found that half of the businesses needed German and French speakers; 37% wanted Spanish speakers and a quarter wanted Mandarin.
John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, said: “Rebalancing our economy will mean tapping into high-growth markets in places like Asia and Latin America, so companies will need people with the relevant language skills to do business in these countries.”