Many micro-businesses are keen to expand their workforces, however, a dearth of suitably-qualified school leavers and graduates is making it hard for them to do so.
Those are the findings of a new report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which revealed that 50 per cent of such organisations are having difficulty identifying people who can add to what they already have.
Just under half said they had little confidence that a school leaver with A levels would have the skills needed to drive their business forward, while just 36 per cent a graduate would have something to bring to the table.
Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy at the BCC, said that many organisations are frustrated by the situation.
"There is a real mismatch between business needs and local skills supply, with many businesses unable to find school leavers or even graduates with the right mix of skills," he added.
Recent research by Kelly Services found that the majority of employees believe that experience will get them further in their careers than education.
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