Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment & Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Today’s results will be worrying news for employers. Manufacturers, already facing an uphill battle to find the next generation of skilled workers they need, will be concerned at the sharp falls in basis passes, with a similar trend for those taking maths. GCSE maths is a key measure of achievement for manufacturers who will have little hope of filling places for high quality apprenticeships unless the education system in England can do better.
“Whatever the entry point into manufacturing, whether this is via higher education or a high quality apprenticeship, Maths and English in particular are critical qualifications. With an acute skills shortage, government must recognise that blaming employers for not training the next generation of workers ignores the fact that too many lack basic qualifications. Government, with employers, must quickly address this.”