Business leaders have again been united in saying that the UK’s education system is failing to meet the needs of employers, and is failing an entire generation of young people. Peter Searle, Chief Executive of Adecco Group UK & Ireland, who are heading up this group, along with Cisco, Business in the Community and Deloitte, summed up their concerns:
As a nation we place insufficient value on the basic tools of employability such as behaviour, attitude and communication…we fear a whole generation of potential workers will be deemed unemployable, and lost to UK business.
Searle and his colleagues are not alone in thinking that the issues are “real and pressing”, and if solutions are not found it will “significantly impact upon Britain’s future performance in the global economy.”
Things might even be in reverse.