UK: Literacy gap between UK unemployed and those in work 'is highest in Western world'

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UK: Literacy gap between UK unemployed and those in work 'is highest in Western world'

Postby Anne Glennie » Wed May 27, 2015 9:36 am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 77349.html


The gap in literacy skills in the UK between young people neither employed or in education and those in work is the widest of any Western nation, according to a new study.

In addition, more than half (56 per cent) of those classified as NEETs (not in education, employment and training) are not even looking for work.

Figures show the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in literacy and problem solving skills is the highest of any country covered by the study, The NEETs lag 12.5 per cent behind in literacy skills and just under 10 per cent behind when it comes to problem solving.

The survey, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, looked at the performance of more than 35 million 16 to 29-year-olds in 22 Western nations.

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