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Graduate employers are disappointed

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A large majority of UK company bosses believe that graduates are not fit for work and lack the basic skills needed to join the working world.

A new study reaffirms the disappointment that is spreading across British employers responsible for giving graduate job opportunities to young Brits.

A poll by the Young Enterprise charity revealed that many leading UK companies are dissatisfied with the quality of potential employees.

Specifically, 75% of businesses feel that the British educational system is failing to provide young people with the right skills to enter the workforce. Companies such as Kraft, HSBC, BT, GKN, or Santander gave their opinion in the survey.

“Young recruits are presenting themselves for interview without the vital employability skills that employers look for – such as attendance, punctuality, motivation and a general ‘can do,’ said Mr. Smith, Young Enterprise Chairman, who said that the research is ‘a wake-up call.’

Missing skills

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently revealed which particular skills graduates are missing out on when looking for jobs and to what extent the UK’s employers are dissatisfied with them.
According its figures, employers said they were mostly disappointed with the following missing skills: business and customer awareness (44% of ‘no satisfied’ answers), self-management (25%), teamwork (20%), problem solving (19%), basic literacy/use of English (17%), positive attitude to work (15%), basic numeracy skills (9%) and use of IT (5%).

Whereas some of the skills are more related to personal abilities, others such as knowledge and good use of business, English, numeracy skills and IT could be easily improved by taking some courses.

Do you think the current educational system is missing out a proper training on these areas? Are graduate jobs more demanding than before?

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