2 A key employability skill
Listen to Rebecca Fielding of Gradconsult talking about some of the issues employers face with the ability of their employees to work in teams.
In 2016 the CBI (The Confederation of British Industry) released their ninth education and skills survey (The Right Combination). Nearly 500 employers were questioned during this survey ranging in size from small companies with less than 50 employees to large organisations employing more than 55 000 people. Responses were drawn from all parts of the UK and covered all sectors, from manufacturing and construction, to the creative industries and professional services. About 26 per cent of employers surveyed said that there was ‘room for improvement’ in what they described as one of the ‘essential capabilities’ they were looking for in employees, i.e. team-working.
A similar report published by the Department of Economics claimed that by 2020 over half a million UK workers would be ‘significantly held back’ by their lack of soft skills including teamwork (Clarke, 2016).
Next you will look at why it is important to market skills such as teamwork on your CV.