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UK employers must also shoulder some of the blame for the mismatch between academia and commerce. While employers are quick to complain of staff shortages and a lack of internal skills, they are slow to do anything about it.
A report into foundation degrees commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills finds 45% of employers don’t include vocational training for their workforce.
Foundation courses are designed to create courses tailored to employers’ needs, but only one in 20 companies has actively tried to get involved in design courses.