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Third of employers may hire staff from abroad
10:10am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Business News
A THIRD of employers are considering hiring staff from abroad because of a shortage of skilled workers in this country, a new study has revealed.
Research by awards body City & Guilds showed that half of employers believed the education system did not meet the needs of business.
A survey of more than 1,000 small, medium and large businesses found that almost twothirds said their sector was facing a skills shortage, especially those in computing, engineering and manufacturing.
Just over half of employers said they would hire someone without a degree, amid more evidence of the importance of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
Chris Jones, director general of City & Guilds, said: ‘‘This research has huge implications for the Government’s attempts to curb youth unemployment.
‘‘The issue is not simply a lack of job opportunities.
There is a more fundamental problem with the qualifications, core skills and lack of understanding of the workplace that is preventing young people from successfully finding employment.
‘‘It is clear that a change is needed in the education system to move away from a pure focus on academia towards a curriculum that meets the needs of employers.‘‘
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