Government proposals to raise the school leavers age to 18 from 16
have been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry
According to Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI, as
nearly half of businesses in the UK are dissatisfied with school
leavers' literacy, numeracy and general employability skills, such
a step is "necessary".
He said that raising the school-leaving age to 18 would enable
"more young people to succeed in the workplace", such as in
IT sales jobs or media sales jobs.
However, Mr Lambert also said that the details of the proposals
needed to be dealt with precisely.
While many on-the-job training schemes were already "good", he also
said that many 16-17-year-olds might be deterred from starting on a
training scheme if it "reminds them too much of school".
He added: "It is vital employers are able to offer training towards
qualifications that meet the needs of both business and young
Young people in Britain are currently allowed to leave school at
the age of 16, a law which has been in use since 1972.
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