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Poor standard of maths and English 'a concern to employers'

09/05/2011 Joanna
A large proportion of British employers are concerned about the basic maths and English skills of today's school leavers.

Research carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that 42 per cent have concerns over English skills, while 35 per cent believe younger employees lack adequate numeracy skills.

"It's alarming that a significant number of employers have concerns about the basic skills of school and college leavers. Companies do not expect them to produce 'job-ready' young people, but having a solid foundation in basic skills, such as literacy and numeracy, is fundamental for work," said CBI director general John Cirdland.

In addition, many of the employers surveyed have called for students to be given better careers advice at school, with 64 per cent claiming that guidance is inadequate at present.

Responding to the findings, a spokesperson for the Department for Education said the CBI is right to bring up these concerns.

Posted by Katy Kearns
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