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Sevenoaks, UK – 10 March 2009 – New research launched today by eLearning and advanced content solutions provider, IMC (UK) Learning Ltd, shows that over half (54%) of business leaders and HR professionals agree that the standard of education in the UK has deteriorated in the last five to ten years. In addition, 77% believe a lack of basic skills amongst school leavers and new graduates will contribute to a significant fall in the country’s competitiveness.

The survey, ‘Exploring the educational skills gap’, surveyed over 100 business leaders and HR professionals and was designed to establish their views with regard to the perceived skills gap between school-leavers, graduates and business. Over four in five (83%) respondents stated that many new graduates and school leavers lack the basic skills necessary for work, highlighting a worrying trend for UK businesses and other employers.

The size of the skills gap between those offered by job applicants and those required by organisations varies depending on the subject area. Over two thirds (67%) of respondents said there is a large gap in management skills, 58% finance, 41% numeracy, 35% literacy, 32% trades and 21% information technology. With nearly all respondents (96%) acknowledging that a well-trained workforce makes a large contribution in enabling an organisation to succeed during an economic downturn, companies are already offering, or are planning to offer, training in these basic skills.

Commenting on the research, Gareth Walters, sales and marketing director at IMC (UK) Learning Ltd, says: “The results of the survey make for some worrying reading. It is clear that business leaders are concerned about education standards and their affect on UK business and ultimately the country’s competitiveness. Now more than ever it is important for organisations to provide an effective training programme to bring new employees up to speed in core areas.

“Skills such as literacy, numeracy and IT can be learned through flexible training options with minimal time out of the office. A blended learning approach using a mixture of classroom-based training, eLearning and informal learning can help to bridge the skills gap for school leavers and new graduates. This will also ensure the organisation has a well-trained workforce and maintains its competitiveness in the current economic downturn.”

For a copy of the ‘Exploring the educational skills gap’ report please email or call 02072406959

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About IMC (UK) Learning Ltd:

IMC (UK) Learning Ltd is a subsidiary of IMC AG, one of the world’s leading service and technology suppliers of advanced learning and content solutions. Hundreds of companies ranging from multinationals to small and medium-sized companies, as well as public sector organisations, numerous training providers and over 150 universities carry out their training and continual professional development programmes with their employees, students and customers using IMC learning technology applications and services.

With CLIX®, which currently has over 2.5 million users, the rapid authoring system LECTURNITY®, the high-end authoring tool Dynamic Power Trainer®, the electronic performance support system (EPSS) LiveContext® and the Web 2.0 Open Content Community application SLIDESTAR®, IMC offers an integrated approach to comprehensive learning life cycle and knowledge management. The company, which has its headquarters in Saarbrücken, was founded in 1997 by Professor August-Wilhelm Scheer together with Dr Wolfgang Kraemer, Frank Milius and Dr Volker Zimmermann, and has branches in Berlin, Munich and Freiburg, a subsidiary in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and affiliated companies in Switzerland (Zürich), Austria (Graz), Great Britain (Sevenoaks) and Romania (Sibiu).

As well as its core lines of business, IMC (UK) Learning Ltd organises the annual ‘The Art of Learning’ event in London. IMC AG has also organised the annual ‘Learning World’ event since 1999. It also publishes the trade magazine ‘IM Information Management & Consulting’.

Media Contact:

Emily Young
Portfolio Communications Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7240 6959

Date: 10.03.09
Ref: 09-026

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