When businesses recruit, 85% focus on attitudes to work and 44% on literacy and numeracy.
When reflecting on school leavers, 38% of CBI employers are unsatisfied with their basic numeracy and 50% with their capacity to problem solve. The demand for STEM skills technicians is growing. More than a quarter of STEM-based sectors report difficulties in recruitment. This is especially true for construction where firms state that they are unable to find suitable people to train as apprentices (36%).
Or course the report itself covers much more: employers' concerns about skills training and career advice in schools; their attitudes to taking on graduates; their approach to training staff - and in some cases, neglect of training. Nearly 44% have organised training in at least one basic skills area in the past year. About half of that training is usually done by external providers.