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Firms investing millions in retraining 3Rs

Filed under: Compliance — Jonathan on June 16, 2012

Companies are investing millions in sending their employees to remedial classes in order to relearn the 3Rs as educational standards are proving to be insufficient in the workplace, a CBI survey revealed. So if you’re about to enter the workforce and you’re looking at business continuity vacancies or compliance jobs, you will stand more of a chance if your literacy and numeracy skills are up to scratch.

The degree of dissatisfaction in new applicants being expressed by bosses is the same as it was ten years ago, despite the billions that have been invested into the educational system. According to the report:

“Unless youngsters make sustained progress in all three of these during their time in primary education, they face major difficulties subsequently in their schooling – and potentially in their working lives.

“The UK can ill afford to have young people leaving compulsory education with inadequate literacy and numeracy – and for the young people concerned the weakness represents a major handicap at the start of their working lives.

“Too many employers are reporting worrying shortfalls among graduates – some in core areas of schooling while others are in those skills areas where higher education should help students develop.”

It has also emerged that even graduates are at times displaying poor literacy levels and numeracy skills.

There are increased worries over basic skills displayed in the workplace due to the growing complexity of roles. The report continued to say that evidence exists to suggest that numeracy in UK adults could even be worsening, leaving some employees unable to perform basic duties such as calculating discounts or estimating materials.

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