West Midlands business leaders have said they are disappointed in the first fall in GCSE A*-C grades for 24 years and the results would not help ensure school leavers are ‘work ready’.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group president Michael Ward said many members struggle to employ students with good communication skills.
“It’s not always the case that education attainment translates into ‘work ready’ employees,” he said.
“Schools and colleges must ensure that our young students are given opportunities to engage with business and develop ‘employability skills’.
“Companies will want to employ individuals who have strong skills in communication, team working and problem solving.
“The Chamber supports the new initiative which comes into force from next year, when pupils will receive marks for their ability to spell, punctuate and use grammar when sitting GCSEs.
“We need to increase the number of young people with skills that will support high growth jobs or become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
“It is a very job competitive world and I would urge young people not to fall into the trap of becoming a NEET - not in employment, education or training.
“Students have the opportunity of the remaining summer vacation to develop their employability through internships, volunteering or part-time employment.”