Young people are lacking the skills required by today's companies, according to a survey of HR managers.
Commissioned by Young Enterprise, the survey found that 68 per cent of young employees aged under 22 are not yet equipped for business, while 76 per cent claim that younger workers have unrealistic estimations of their abilities.
The research also discovered that HR managers believe young people should gain more experience of business while still in compulsory or further education, with 63 per cent saying that too much emphasis is given to theory at both school and university.
When asked about the particular skills young people lack, 50 per cent of HR managers suggested project management skills, while 45 per cent said that young adults are often bereft of team working and leadership abilities.
"Team working is a required skill from day one of a young person's employment and one that our Summer Schools for 14-16 year olds are focusing on," said Young Enterprise chief executive Michael Savory.
"Young Enterprise is able to offer students essential enterprise experience in the summer holidays as well as in term time."