CBI welcomes national numeracy campaign
The CBI welcomed the launch of a new campaign to improve numeracy standards in the UK - http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/home/index.html
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment & Skills policy, said:
“Businesses welcome this campaign which highlights the urgent need to improve numeracy skills in the UK.
“Most jobs require people to be able to use practical maths effectively. Being able to work out simple percentages, to add and subtract, are essential skills for everyday life.
“The Government is right to ensure that anyone who does not get a C grade at GCSE has to continue with Maths after 16, but we also need more focus on numeracy teaching in the early years so that children do not fall behind. All students should be encouraged to carry on with some form of Maths until 18.”
CBI research shows that around a fifth of employers had to provide remedial numeracy training to school leavers joining their organisations: /media-centre/press-releases/2011/05/poor-standards-of-english-and-maths-among-school-leavers-could-hinder-growth-cbi-edi/
Notes to Editors:
The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.