Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Survey shows that new U.S. workers lack basic skills

A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey shows that HR managers in the U.S. have noticed that new workers often lack basic skills.

Around half of the companies who took part in the survey said new workers entering the workforce lack overall professionalism, written communication skills, analytical skills or business knowledge.

However, the problem is not confined to the U.S. Australia has similar problems.

Surveys have shown that those entering the workforce for the first time, also recognise they are under prepared.

In one survey, the need for written and oral communication skills stood out as competencies needed by almost nine out of ten respondents in their employment. Only four out of ten felt they gained such skills prior to entering the workforce.

With the emergence of "Generation Text" business and education need to work together to create more programs that incorporate opportunities to develop core skills.