It may sound familiar, but it is being found by employers that recent grads are lacking in essential skills, such as reading and writing, basic math, and analytical problem solving.
Executives in 20 recent employer surveys said they look to hire people with so-called “soft” or “essential skills” — communicating, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork — “yet this is where they see students being deficient,” said Harvey Weingarten, president of Ontario’s higher education think-tank.
It has been found that experts would like to test students on these essential skills when they enter university or college, and again when they leave, said Weingarten, whose Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) advises Queen’s Park on higher learning.
Whether it be upbringing, proper education, or current social standards, the cause of the problem does not deflect the complaints.
While a majority of the graduates of secondary school are educated with the essential skills that they need, the number of students that are falling through the cracks is growing more concerning within the working community.
Who do you think is to blame for the shortfall in our education? Is it the education, or the young grads, to blame?
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