We hear a lot about employers complaining that workers are not equipped with the right skills. Education can sometimes be an off-the-peg item that fits badly for both future workers and their employers. So might it be the case that businesses should do more about equipping talented staff with the skills they need?

The UK government is busily promoting apprenticeships and offering incentives to companies to hire and train young people, and this summer the CIPD, the human resources professional body, released a study reporting four in 10 employers offer work experience to young people and 37 per cent have increased their provision in the past 12 months.

Certainly the data below,collected in as survey of some 2,000 UK employees by Opinium, suggest the time may be right for more employers to consider how they can do more to help equip the workers they want with the skills they need them to have.

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