The UK education system is failing and has lead to a 50% increase in the number of employers reporting difficulties recruiting staff with the right skills, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
A comparison of the BCC’s biggest economic survey between 1994 and 2004 has shown an increase from 29% in 1994 to 43% last year in businesses reporting they cannot find appropriate employees. The figures are taken from two surveys of more than 6,000 businesses.
David Frost, director general of the BCC, will tell delegates at the Skills for Employability Conference at the Barbican Centre in London today that employers are frustrated that young people are not equipped with the right skills for the workplace.
“The system is simply not providing potential employees with the right skills for business and our figures show it has been failing for many years,” he said. “The skills of our workforce are already lagging behind many of our global competitors.”