UK employers feel the strain of missing skilled workers

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By William Schomberg BARNSLEY, England (Reuters) – Frustrated with England’s education system, Simon Biltcliffe spends a lot of time training new hires at his marketing firm in the “soft skills” he and many employers say the country’s sluggish economy badly needs. Finding that new starters often struggle to think on their feet, he sets them workplace challenges to learn to solve problems at pace and in teams. Many don’t adapt, leading to high attrition after three- and six-month reviews. Across Britain, Biltcliffe’s frustrations are shared by businesses who say the nation’s schools, technical …

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