Students lack 'employability', warns boss

British Chambers of Commerce director general John Longworth has warned that students often lack the personal skills, awareness and basic self-discipline that is essential in the workplace. He urged schools and colleges to focus less on achieving high grades in exams and instead concentrate on the broader issue of 'employability'. British businesses have 735,000 job vacancies, he said, and the biggest barrier to filling them was 'matching skills with vacancies'. Longworth said businesses cite resilience, communication skills and motivation as often lacking in new employees. The BCC would also like to see the government use HMRC data to assess schools and colleges in terms of employment outcomes.


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