Business leaders identify workplace "skills gap"
Bridging the skills gap has emerged as the biggest challenge facing UK businesses, according to a CBI report published today.
While the study, Growth for Everyone, predicts that more jobs will be created across the UK in 2015, a lack of work-readiness is the biggest barrier preventing young people from making the step from education into the workplace.
Respondents highlighted two major factors when asked what might prevent 16 to 24-year-olds from securing these new vacancies: a lack of the right attitudes and behaviours, and a lack of appropriate knowledge and skills.
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A low level of workplace skills was also identified in the survey as the greatest threat to UK competitiveness.
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for employment and skills, said that there were some clear steps that could be taken to combat this problem.
He said: "We all know that skills are the basis for a good career and well-paid work. While the UK has a strong track record on higher skills achievement, we must quicken the pace if we are to ensure international competitors do not overtake us… One way to address this is to ensure education for work matches the needs of the workplace."