Morrisons, Britain's fourth-biggest supermarket with 135,000 employees, found that many of its applicants in Salford, Greater Manchester, lacked even the basic skills needed to stack shelves and serve customers.If you can't stock shelves, you don't have many prospects.
While some had a poor grasp of maths and English, others lacked simple skills such as turning up on time and making eye contact.
Norman Pickavance, the human resources director of Morrisons, said: "Many of the people were just not job ready. They lacked a lot of confidence and social skills. It is quite clear the education system has failed them.
"Whatever the environment has been at school, it has not been conducive to instilling basic skills. It is a crying shame."
Life on the Dole.
Some of these kids have no model for someone going to work. And the problem isn't getting better.
He said the main problem was school-leavers whose parents and grandparents who had never worked and lacked the aspiration to work.People in England are found to not have a suitable grasp of the English language, and punctuality is unknown to many.
Government figures show that in 2.5 per cent of households in north-west England, no adult has ever worked – the highest in the country after inner London.
It's sad really. What do you do with a population who has no "aspiration" to work and make their lives better?