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Issue Date:- 7 April 2008

Young people lack the reading, writing and maths skills that employers want

EMPLOYERS are struggling to find young people with the right skills for work in North West of England, suggests new research by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN).  The research reveals that when recruiting a school or college leaver employers look for people who can read, write, do basic maths and show enthusiasm for work, above anything else. But, only 6.1% of employers who had tried to recruit a young person said that they have always been successful. Many who failed to recruit a school or college leaver indicated that it was because candidates lacked literacy or numeracy skills, or did not have the right attitude to work.

The survey of 1137 employers from across the country was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Learning and Skills Network (LSN). A total of 104 employers from the North West were interviewed from a wide range of industries, which contributed to 9% of the overall total. The employers who took part in the survey in the region were asked what skills they would expect a young person who has just left school, college or a training scheme to have in order to be employable.  82% of employers said timekeeping skills, 69.2% numeracy skills and 67.3% said literacy skills. When asked to rank a list of 14 skills in order of importance, employers in the area ranked communication skills 1st, literacy 2nd and numeracy 3rd.

Employers were also asked to identify ‘deal breaker’ skills, or the skills that if not present would prevent them from selecting a young candidate for a job. 53% in the North West named literacy skills as a deal breaker and 52.9% said communication skills. Enthusiasm and commitment was named as a deal breaker by 43.3%. And 51% of employers said that numeracy was a deal breaker.

Those employers who found it difficult to recruit young people were then asked to name the skills that they found young people lacked and the ones cited most frequently, were:-

 Literacy
 Numeracy
 The right attitude
 Communications

The survey also uncovered evidence of a generation gap in the recruitment of young people, suggesting that older recruiters are harder to convince that school and college leavers have the skills they are looking for. Of the 1137 employers interviewed, 62% of employers aged over 55 said they could not recruit the young people they need for their business. By comparison, only 26% of respondents in the 25-34 age bracket held the same view.

Commenting on the research, John Stone, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Network said:- “Above all else, employers want young people who are looking for their first job to be literate, numerate and communicate well.

Attitude is also important, employers want young job candidates to be good at timekeeping and show enthusiasm and commitment to work.

This is a key issue that needs to be addressed if we are to equip young people with the skills they need for work and reduce levels of youth unemployment.”


A report compiled by leading figures from politics, education and business has called for changes to careers advice in England.  The findings from a 6 month inquiry by the Skills Commission, part of Policy Connect, into information, advice and guidance (IAG) services in England reveal a system of careers advice that is sometimes outdated.

The publication of the report coincides with an overhaul in funding of careers advice. Local authorities will be responsible for the provision of advice and guidance for young people. The report calls on Government to take on board and apply key recommendations for future IAG policy including:-

· re-evaluating IAG services, which often operate using outdated delivery models

· making sure that people have better access to improved websites and forums where they can find information about training routes

· ensuring that people of all ages have access to careers advisors

· making it a statutory duty that learning providers deliver careers education to young people up to the age of 18

· reassessing its decision not to introduce an all-age service

· ensuring Local Authorities devote sufficient funds to Connexions

Professor Mike Thorne, vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University and chair of the inquiry, commented:- “The Government’s announcement that it will introduce an adult advancement and careers service represents a terrific opportunity. But, if the Government is serious about making the new service available to all, it needs to harness the power of the internet and revisit its decision to rule out a single all age advice service.”

Andy Powell, member of the Skills Commission and CEO of Edge, commented:- “High quality information, advice and guidance is vital for the UK to improve its skills base. The reality is that a fifth of adults in Briton do not feel they are in a job that makes best use of their skills and therefore we are urging the Government to listen very carefully to the recommendations of the Skills Commission.

We look forward to the day when all young people and adults in England are provided with careers advice suited to their skills and talent no matter what their academic capabilities are.

The prejudice against vocational learning as a route for high achieving students’ results in many adults ending up in a career that is not suited to them.  Careers advice in England should offer all options to everyone allowing individuals to make the right choices for their future.”

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