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Adecco Group Unlocking Britains Potential

Adecco Group – Unlocking Britain’s Potential

Andy Powell, Director of the Unlocking Britain's Potential Campaign, spearheaded by Adecco Group, Deloitte and Cisco, said:

“The CBI/Pearson survey is the latest research highlighting the need to reform the UK’s approach to education if we are to deliver the employment skills needed in our workplaces – and to grow our economy. Again and again, employers say soft skills must be valued alongside academic excellence. It is time to act on these calls. Financial acumen, communication skills and a full appreciation of the attitude required to excel in the commercial world should form a core part of curricula.

“Along with our partners Deloitte and Cisco, we are actively campaigning to encourage wider involvement in education and skills development. Employer input is vital, but that alone is not enough. Parents, government, employers and educators must work together to ensure young people leave school or university with the basic skills required for the workplace.

“In our own research, conducted for Adecco Group’s Unlocking Britain’s Potential campaign:

Both employers (36%) and employees (52%) think the education system is failing to meet the needs of employers today

According to employers, new employees are most lacking in:

interpersonal skills (41 per cent)

critical IT skills (41 per cent)

basic literacy and numeracy skills (25 per cent)

67% of employers think there needs to be a collaborative effort between government, employers, parents and the education system to ensure those entering the workforce have the skills required by potential employers”

About the research

The Adecco Group research was conducted between July and September 2011, and involved quantitative research amongst 1,000 UK employees and 500 UK employers, and qualitative interviews with leading UK business figures from organisations such as Deloitte, Standard Chartered and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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