Nearly one in four engineering employers do not believe that school leavers have the skills needed in the workplace, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has found.
Some 23% of employers find it difficult to recruit school leavers to engineering, IT or technical roles as they do not meet reasonable skill expectations. The research also reveals that only 12% of new engineering and technology jobs that are planned over the next year will go to school leavers.
IET head of education Gareth James said: “There is a clear need for young people not only to have the relevant qualifications but also the employability skills and practical experience that distinguishes them from their peers.
“There also needs to be a higher proportion of apprenticeships offered in the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.”