What employers want from education

According to Ananova this morning, the CBI is still stuck in the “Vocational education is for thickies” belief system that even the notoriously right-wing IOD grew out of two years ago. I’d invite the CBI to investigate whether they still have a sign on their door saying “tradesmen use rear entrance”, and if so whether that might be colouring Digby Jones’ attitude.

Curiously enough, I was talking last night with a group of friends, all employers themselves, about what we needed in an educated workforce. The consensus that emerged was that compulsory education should consist exclusively of:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • driving
  • touch typing

Po – in the De Bono sense.


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