It should seemingly go without saying that to ensure the continual stream of great quality supply chain professionals that industry requires, the education system needs to be suitably geared to such a purpose.
Unfortunately, that is not presently the case, according to the business experts that have blamed schools for producing insufficient numbers of skilled workers.
Widespread dissatisfaction with school leavers
A recent survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that 69% of manufacturers expected difficulties when searching for appropriate candidates to fill high-skilled roles in the future. It was also found that 80% of businesses expected to have more roles for highly-skilled staff in the next few years.
The most interesting discovery made by the survey, however, was that firms seemingly blamed the education system for a lack of skilled workers, with more than half of the companies polled showing dissatisfaction with the organisation, work experience, analysis and communication skills of school leavers.
Efforts to boost skills “must go further”
CBI deputy director-general Josh Hardie commented: “Skills are a top business priority, but over two-thirds of firms don’t think they will be able to get the people they need.” He added that while the system was gradually placing a greater emphasis on personal development, “this must go further.
“Across the UK there are great examples of businesses supporting schools, teachers and students. To make this practice the norm – not the exception – our education systems need to encourage schools to undertake this activity.”
Hope in a climate of uncertainty
Much of the current uncertainty regarding the future of apprenticeships and recruitment within the logistics and supply chain industry has been further fuelled by Brexit, or the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union.
However, Hardie remained hopeful and determined, adding:
“Following the vote to leave the EU, the UK must carve out a new economic future and this is an area where we must take action to support our competitiveness and prosperity.”
Such concerns about insufficient worker skills as expressed across British industry indicates the greatly important role that apprenticeships and NVQs can play in helping to close skills gaps both now and in the future.
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