Manufacturers slam UK work ethic

News: Work ethic

July 04, 2013

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  • The new poll of UK manufacturers found that 53% believe new recruits lack practical skills, with 38% saying they don’t have the required work ethic
  • More than 60% of firms say uncertainty surrounding the UK’s EU future is negatively impacting manufacturing
  • 28% are sending manufacturing work abroad – compared to the 20% which are ‘reshoring’ it to UK

Almost 40% of manufacturing firms say apprentices, graduates and new recruits don’t have the work ethic to succeed in industry, according to a poll released today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In a survey of 1,000 British manufacturers  report,  as many as 57% said apprentices, graduates and new recruits lack practical skills, while 42% said they lacked communication skills. 45% of the manufacturers polled said that design skills posed an issue with young recruits, while 36% said good maths and science.

Read the Institution’s report in full