Poor basic skills ‘costing firms’

Millions of employees believe that their lack of basic skills has lost money for their companies and themselves, according to a survey.

A survey for Learndirect, the adult training agency, highlights the extent of weaknesses in English and maths.

Based on a sample of 1,000 people, the survey projected that 14.6m workers had lost their firms money because of literacy and numeracy mistakes.

It also suggested two-thirds of people relied on computer spell-checkers.

The Learndirect survey examined how a lack of basic skills affects working and home lives – and found widespread anxieties.

BBC NEWS | Education | Poor basic skills ‘costing firms’

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