How do Edexcel International GCSEs (9-1) help to close the global transferable skills gap?
Why transferable skills are in demand from universities and employers
In recent years, universities and employers have highlighted the need for students and graduates to develop a range of transferable skills, often referred to as ‘soft skills’, to enable them to better meet the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work.
In fact, universities and employers consider transferable skills to be the largest skills gap overall.
- 1 in 6 employers have difficulty finding candidates with the skills they require
- 54% of companies say that skills shortages impact their ability to serve their customers
- 1 in 3 skills in a job posting is a 'soft skill'
- 87% of University professors do not think students have the research skills needed for degree-level study
The transferable skills gap demonstrates that students require more than just ‘knowledge’ to be successful. It’s about skills as well as knowledge to be successful at Higher-Education and in the workplace.
“It is really the more fundamental skills like teamwork and communication that seem to matter the most, that employers demand the most” - Guy Berger, chief economist at LinkedIn.