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A report in The Scotsman says that Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy is concerned that the UK’s schools are not doing a good enough teaching basic job skills, and that Tesco plans to do its best to improve the quality of workplace training.

"What we cannot do is act as a bandage or a sticking plaster for the failures of some parts of our education system,” Leahy said in a recent speech, according to the paper. "At the risk of stating the obvious, the long-term solution has got to start in our schools. Too many children have been leaving school after 11 or 13 years of compulsory education without the basic skills to get on in life and hold down a job.

“Employers can, and should, add to the basics in the training we offer, but it's going to be an uphill struggle if the basics aren't there in the first place."
KC's View:
Agreed. Wholeheartedly.