Half of employers having to teach 3 Rs

13th May 2011 at 01:00

Nearly half of employers are forced to provide basic lessons for school and college leavers in reading, writing and arithmetic, according to a poll. Figures released by employers' organisation CBI from a survey of 566 employers showed that 44 per cent have to invest in literacy and numeracy training. The results revealed that more than four in 10 employers are not happy with the level of English displayed by school leavers, while more than a third said they were not satisfied with their arithmetic. CBI director general John Cridland said: "Companies do not expect (schools and colleges) to produce 'job-ready' young people, but having a solid foundation in basic skills, such as literacy and numeracy, is fundamental for work."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now