We are facing a huge challenge to keep pace with skills requirements of rapidly developing industry and technology. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills reported that just over one fifth of job vacancies were considered heard to fill due to skills shortages. The issue is not that there are not workers with strong skill sets out there (the same commission reported that 16% of UK workers are over-skilled and have skills that are not utilised); it is that there are deficiencies in particular areas. Similarly, the CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey found that a third of employers are not satisfied with literacy and numeracy skills of school leavers, and over half wanted schools to develop greater awareness of working life among 14-19 year olds. Change must occur at every level of learning. For example, early education requires evolution from a model which is based on learning and reciting facts … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Matthew is a researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.
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