Sectors urged to work together to aid next generation workforce
Calls for the training industry and education sector to work more closely have been made in attempt to ensure that the next generation of workers are ascertaining the right skills.
That's after a poll of more than 500 UK CEOs revealed that more than half (54 per cent) believe the current education system is failing future workers. According to the survey, a good degree or a nice set of A levels is not enough to guarantee a successful career.
The research, commissioned by Skillsoft, found that while CEOs valued qualifications in their future managers (63 per cent considered it to be their number one value), they felt the current education system is not equipping future workers with the basic skills that employers need.
Kevin Young, general manager, EMEA at Skillsoft, said: "There seems to be a disconnect between the skills gained while in education and those that employers need their new starters to have. With businesses working leaner and smarter to achieve success, they now expect more from their employees when it comes to basic office skills, in order to hit the ground running.
"A case in point is IT skills. We have noticed an increase in demand among our customers for basic IT training and, with the ICT curriculum set to be replaced with a computer science qualification from 2014, it could take time to close the gap. Industry and education need to work closer together to ensure that students are gaining the appropriate skills for work, which can be fine tuned and developed with on the job training and support."