Employment Minister Chris Grayling has passed on warnings from business lobbyists that young people in the UK are being failed by the current education and many will be unprepared for, and struggle to find, work upon graduation. The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that the number of British born workers in the UK fell by 208,000 last year compared a rise in the number of foreign born worker by 212,000. The number of unemployed 16-24 year olds has surpassed one million.
Questioned about these figures, Mr Grayling said those leaving school, college or university “without experience” faced a challenge.
He said: “You’ve got these young people who are up against somebody who may be five or six years older, who has had the get up and go to cross a continent, to come to the UK.
Phil McCabe of the Forum of Private Business lobby group complained that young workers tended to have poor attitudes and were unwilling to work their up a corporate structure by doing menial jobs to start with, especially if they had a degree. The lack of ‘can-do’ attitude was singled out among various other employability skills that UK youth were lacking.
John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce had this to say:
“For many firms, that means employing non-UK workers. Almost two-thirds of businesses tell us they are unable to find the skilled workers they need in the UK.
“Developing the capability of our future workforce must be a priority. Too many young people have been failed by the education system and left unable to compete with non-UK workers who often have the skills businesses need.”
While the UK’s home grown workers are suffering from a combination of poor home skills and increasing quality of competition from immigrant workers, America is facing a slightly different problem. The highly educated US-born children of immigrants are heading back to their parents’ homelands in droves to take advantage of the emerging markets and economic boom in the developing powers.
In interviews, many of these Americans said they did not know how long they would live abroad; some said it was possible they would remain expatriates for many years, if not for the rest of their lives. Their decisions to leave have, in many cases, troubled their immigrant parents. Yet most said they had been pushed by the dismal hiring climate in the US or pulled by prospects abroad.
“Markets are opening, people are coming up with ideas every day, there’s so much opportunity to mold and create,” said Kapadia, now a researcher at Gateway House, a new foreign-policy research organisation in Mumbai. “People here are running much faster than those in Washington.”
This is being referred to as a brain drain and experts warn that with the opening up of the global market to many new competing powers, these expatriates may not return home.