Education system failing next generation of workers say UK CEOs

Good qualifications alone are no guarantee for a successful career, say UK CEOs in Skillsoft survey

The current education system is failing future workers, according to more than half of UK CEOs. Research commissioned by Skillsoft has found 54% of CEOs believe good A-level grades or a degree alone are no guarantee of a successful career.

The study of over 500 UK CEOs, conducted by Opinion Matters, revealed that the majority of respondents value qualifications in future managers (63%), however most feel the education system does not equip future workers with the basic skills that employers require.

Kevin Young, European general manager at Skillsoft, said: “There seems to be a disconnect between the skills gained while in education and those that employers need their new starters to have.

“With businesses working leaner and smarter to achieve success, they now expect more from their employees when it comes to basic office skills, in order to hit the ground running.”

Young said Skillsoft has noticed an increase in demand among its customers for basic IT training and, with the ICT curriculum set to be replaced with a computer science qualification next year, he believes it could take time to close the gap.

“Industry and education need to work closer together to ensure that students are gaining the appropriate skills for work, which can be fine-tuned and developed with on the job training and support,” added Young.

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