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News - 25 April 2004
Chambers of Commerce questions wisdom of getting 50% of kids into university
The British Chambers of Commerce has released its latest skills report, which shows a lack of suitably skilled workers. The Chambers believes that this evidence is at odds with the Government’s target of getting 50% of young people into university.
David Frost, BCC director general said, "Our taskforce has reported back to us that business is suffering from a lack of suitably skilled workers. The emphasis on sending young people to University is not going to plug the skills gap as business needs more skilled workers not necessarily academics. Those who would benefit from going to University should of course go, but others may well achieve more from taking other paths.”
Employers are telling the BCC that they don't need any more academics but they do need skilled workers. More young people are needed to take up vocational skills training to fill the gaps in the labour market. It will be better for them and for the employers and for the economy. But the Government is not listening.
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