Grow­ing con­cerns over grad­u­ates’ work ap­ti­tude

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LON­DON: A third of UK com­pa­nies are concerned about young peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to work, a re­port by busi­ness lead­ers has said.

With many grad­u­ates and school leavers lack­ing the mind­set and skills which are re­quired to thrive in the work­place, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish In­dus­try (CBI) stated that teach­ers needed to “bet­ter re­flect the im­por­tance of at­ti­tude and ap­ti­tude for work”.

There are also wor­ries about the lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills of young em­ploy­ees, with firms ad­mit­ting they have had to run classes for re­cruits.

The CBI/Pear­son sur­vey of 344 firms found that 32% were dis­sat­is­fied with grad­u­ates’ at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours of self-man­age­ment and re­silience, with 40% say­ing that they lacked cus­tomer aware­ness.

Around 33% of busi­ness lead­ers were un­happy with the lit­er­acy of young ap­pli­cants, while 29% said their nu­mer­acy wasn’t up to scratch.

Faced with a skills short­age, two in five busi­nesses (41%) have been forced to do re­me­dial train­ing for school or col­lege leavers.

Firms be­lieve that pri­mary schools should fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy (67%), self-man­age­ment (41%) and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills (34%).

The re­port said: “Per­sonal at­ti­tudes, ap­ti­tude, readi­ness to learn, ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and a suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity to cope with nu­mer­i­cal data are the key en­ablers.”

Josh Hardie, the CBI’s deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral, said: “Qual­ity of teach­ing, learn­ing and ca­reers in­spi­ra­tion de­fines the life chances of young peo­ple.”

Dr Mary Bousted, head of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers and Lec­tur­ers, said: “With sav­age cuts to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing since 2009, it is un­sur­pris­ing that busi­nesses are strug­gling to find enough skilled staff.”

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