UK's youth 'lack basic skills'

Young people in Britain are falling far behind those in countries like Japan, Finland and the Netherlands in basic literacy and numeracy skills, according to a major international study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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British youth 'falling behind' in literacy and numeracy

A major international study has revealed that the literacy and numeracy skills of 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK are among the lowest in the developed world.

Young people are falling behind in basic skills. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In England, young people were 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy in a list of 24 countries, falling far behind countries like Japan, Finland and the Netherlands in the basics.

Those in Northern Ireland did slightly better.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that despite facing a tougher labour market, the UK's young people have skills similar to those who are retiring from the workplace.

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