Perhaps not an obvious link to literacy, but in many of the lower-level jobs in construction and engineering, inability to read would put an individual's safety at risk, while the higher levels need mathematical skills at sixth form or degree level.BBC web site wrote:Centre-left think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that a full-blown economic recovery will not resolve the UK's youth unemployment problem
The IPPR highlights a striking mismatch between what young people are training for and the types of jobs available.
For example, it says, 94,000 people were trained in beauty and hair for just 18,000 jobs, while only 123,000 were trained in the construction and engineering sectors for an advertised 275,000 jobs.
The IPPR says youth unemployment is lower in countries where the vocational route into employment through formal education and training is as clear as the academic route.
Many young people seem to think that a university degree, at whatever level, will be more useful to them than an apprenticeship to a craft. Unfortunately employers often disagree.