According to the British Chambers of Commerce Workforce survey Developing the Talents of the Next Generation, 57 per cent of employers cited a lack of soft skills as the main reason why young people are unprepared for work.The BCC, which released the figures to coincide with the launch of National Careers Week, said employers were concerned about a lack of both verbal and written communication skills, resilience and team working. It said young school and university leavers were struggling to “talk to their boss or put across their point of view” and could not work together or “gel” with colleagues. “We often hear from businesses struggling to plug skills gaps, who express frustration that young people lack the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. We need to work better to create a pipeline of talent, ready to become the next generation of team players, entrepreneurs and business owners,” said Adam Marshall, executive director of the BCC. “Employers put exposure to work and life skills like team working, determination, and the ability to communicate effectively, at the top of their wish list when looking to hire. Businesses need to play their part by providing experience of work to young people that goes beyond photocopying or making cups of tea – experience that gives a meaningful insight into working life.” The survey also revealed that 53 per cent of employers felt that there was a lack of focus on both employability and enterprise at schools and universities with 46 per cent believing that a lack of careers advice was impacting on young people’s employment prospects. Read more form our Addressing the UK’s skills gap focus:
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