“Levels of low literacy and numeracy found among young adults in the UK were among the worst in Europe, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)” and is a significant factopr in the low take up of apprenticeships.
In Germany, the proportion of apprentices is SEVEN times higher than Britain, in Denmark it is 4 times higher.
Literacy and numeracy levels are highlighted in the report. “Increasing apprenticeship rates would help more practically
minded students into the workforce,” the report says. The UK is one of the few countries “in which literacy and numeracy skills have deteriorated between the older and younger generation”, it adds.
In the UK, the rate of 18-29 year olds with poor literacy skills was 18 per cent in 2012, compared with an OECD av erage of 10.8 per cent. Only in Spain (18.2 per cent) and Italy (19.7) was the rate higher.
The rate of young people with poor numeracy skills was 25.4 per cent, again the third highest behind the United States (29 per cent) and Italy (25.9 per cent) – and almost ten percentage points above than the OECD average of 15.5 per cent.