Many youths ‘unsuitable’ for workplace

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MOST young Scots are “unsuitable” for the modern workplace, one of the country’s biggest companies has said.

The claim from motoring giant Arnold Clark appears in a hard-hitting report submitted to MSPs and comes after the firm received 2280 apprenticeship applications last year but found 1850 were unemployable.

The company, Europe’s largest independently-owned motor dealer, said the biggest difficulty was apprentices failing to adjust to a full working week after studying 18 hours a week or less in further education.

The report was submitted ahead of a major summit to be staged by Holyrood’s finance committee tomorrow in which politicians and businesses will address the “employability” of the Scottish workforce.

The submission said: “We are increasingly concerned at the state-sponsored babysitting nature of some college programmes.”