OECD survey highlights skills problem among young Britons

May 28, 2015 by

Low-skilled young people locked out of the labour market as they face barriers due to a lack of employable skills

Britain’s low-skilled young people face the highest barriers to entering the workforce compared with their peers in other industralised countries, because a lack of employable skills sees them shut out of the labour market, according to a new report by the OECD.

The report published on Wednesday found that UK youth not in employment, education or training – the group known as Neets – lagged well behind the rest of their age group in terms of literacy and problem solving, with the combined gap being the worst among the countries surveyed by the OECD.

The OECD’s 2015 Skills Outlook recommends that British policymakers “concentrate on helping the Neets to re-engage with education or the labour market,” especially in tackling the high proportion of those aged 16-to-24 who leave school without completing their secondary education.

The OECD report is based on data from 2012, and compared the skills and abilities of young people in 22 countries as they entered the workforce.

The authors stressed the importance of “high-quality pre-primary education for all children to help mitigate disparities in education outcomes and to give every child a strong start to their education careers.

“In addition, teachers and school leaders can also identify low achievers early on to provide them with the support or special programmes they may need to help them attain sufficient skills and prevent them from dropping out of school.”

Source: OECD survey highlights skills problem among young Britons | Education | The Guardian

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