Skillsoft: Young people need to be given right skills for success
UK businesses have been told to look closer to home for talent and help develop the skills of young people.
The call comes after news last week revealed that major technology companies are struggling to recruit young people from the UK, instead focusing on talent from overseas.
Kevin Young, general manager Skillsoft EMEA, says that people need to be given the right tools in order so that they can further their knowledge in order to meet expectations.
"It is disappointing to hear that major technology companies are struggling to recruit young people in the UK, with many finding that school or university leavers are not ready for work. 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 digital skills, in order to hit the ground running," he said.
"While driving the education system to plug the current gap between what businesses need and what they get from new recruits is important, so too is the role of training within organisations. Workers need to be encouraged and supported by their employers and given the tools to further their knowledge in order to meet expectations. The current system of sitting back and criticising the education system isn't working; employers need to accept that they too have a responsibility to impart relevant knowledge and teach new skills.
"Instead of heavily focusing recruitment efforts on foreign workers, UK businesses should look closer to home for talent and work together with new recruits to fine tune and develop their skills with on-the-job training and support. This means harnessing the latest technologies to deliver increasingly vibrant, visual and interactive multi-channel digital learning programmes within both the school and work environment."
He added: "Clearly there is value in bringing in highly skilled workers to fulfil positions, but the long term strategy to develop the workforce must be rooted in a closer collaboration with UK industry and education and a culture of training, development and opportunity."