NS employers say high school grads lack basic numeracy, literacy skills

June 16, 2015

A report released by the Nova Scotia division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters suggests that young applicants for entry-level manufacturing jobs in the province lack basic math and literacy skills, in spite of holding high school diplomas. The report is the result of roundtable meetings with more than 100 CEOs and business leaders throughout the province. The report says that this lack of skills makes it more difficult and expensive to hire and train employees, and could pose a serious safety risk. Stephen Emmerson, CEO of an Amherst-based packaging company, said, “the school system is letting them down. They’re saying, ‘we’ve prepared you to go into the workplace,’ when in fact they have not.” CBC