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Some graduates have 'inadequate' literacy and numeracy skills
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
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An alarmingly high number of graduates possess inadequate reading, writing and numeric skills, new research published today (May 17th) has suggested.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conducted a survey of senior executives at 694 firms, which employ one in 12 of the UK workforce (2.4 million people).
According to the results, one in seven companies believe that their graduates' literacy skills are not up to scratch, while one in ten said their numeracy is poor.
"There is understandable frustration among business that they continue having to pick up the pieces to support those who left full-time education with weaknesses in the basic skills they will need in their working lives," read one section of the report.
In addition, the survey showed that first-jobbers are failing to meet their employers' standards in terms of time-keeping, customer service and self-discipline.
Meanwhile, Sheffield University conducted a study recently which found that one in five Britons leave school without suitable numeracy skills.