Millions of school passouts and graduates in Britain have "fairly
useless" degrees that make them unemployable as they lack
elementary skills, a business lobby group has observed.
A report by the British Chambers of Commerce says small businesses
are frustrated at the quality of applicants, who they say can
barely concentrate or add up, Daily Mail reported.
About half of the 2,000 firms surveyed said they would be "fairly
or very nervous" about hiring someone who has just finished his or
The report warns: "Too many people (are) coming out with fairly
useless degrees in non-serious subjects."
The report's findings raise serious questions about the nature and
standard of education and skills training in Britain.
"In general, younger people lack numerical skills, research
skills, ability to focus and read, plus written English," says the
According to Adam Marshall, director of policy at the British
Chambers of Commerce, the fault lies with the education system,
not with youngsters themselves.
He said new courses spring up as there is demand from would-be
students, but not necessarily from businesses.
"There may be a course in underwater basket weaving, but that does
not mean anybody will actually want to employ you at the end of
it," Marshall said.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development, despite doubling its education expenditure since
2000, from 35.8 billion pounds to 71 billion pounds, Britain has
plummeted in world rankings in the sector.