Almost half of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have accused UK employees of having poor standards of education and training; these are the findings from a survey on staff recruitment, conducted by NOP World for the Tenon Forum.
The survey, published in December, shows that 43% of SMEs blamed recruiting difficulties on inadequate levels of education or training in the workforce.
Jolyon Stonehouse, Chairman of the Forum commented:
"SMEs increasingly rely on the quality of their staff members to set them apart from the larger corporations; so if poor levels of education and training are holding them back from recruiting, SMEs will soon be facing a huge issue.
"To address this knowledge gap, SMEs will undoubtedly have to focus on ways of improving standards in-house - whether it be through on-the-job training or allowances for employees to gain educational training alongside their work."
Over a quarter (29%) of SMEs in the construction industry expressed concern about standards while one in ten SME employers in finance and business and agriculture were worried about educational standards.
At 33%, transport and communications showed the highest levels of dissatisfaction with both education and training, closely followed by manufacturing (32%) of SMEs.
Bosses in the Midlands showed the most discontent (37%) with poor education and inadequate training levels.