A survey of UK businesses found that 50% believe that the current education system does not adequately prepare learners for the world of work.
According to research by awarding body City and Guilds, employers named lack of work experience as a key barrier to work for young people, as well them failing to understand what employers are looking for.
“The issue is not simply a lack of job opportunities,” commented Chris Jones, chief executive of City & Guilds.
"There is a more fundamental problem with the qualifications, core skills and lack of understanding of the workplace that is preventing young people from successfully finding employment. It is clear that a step change is needed in the education system to move away from a pure focus on academia towards a curriculum that meets the needs of employers."
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