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Call You and Yours with Julian Worricker.

Despite almost 2.5 million people being unemployed some businesses complain they can't find the staff. With shortages of engineers, hi-tech, hospitality and catering staff, where do you think the problem lies?

The British Chamber of Commerce blame a lack of basic skills and the failure of families and the education system to prepare people for the world of work. The GMB Union say companies have unrealistic expectations and need to do more to train new staff.

Are some careers just not considered sexy? Is low pay to blame? Or is a lack of skills at the root of the problem.

If you're someone who's struggling to get a job or an employer who's struggling to recruit new staff we want to hear from you.

An opportunity to contribute your views to the programme. Email youandyours@bbc.co.uk or call 03700 100 444 (lines open at 10am).

Producer Joe Kent.

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41 minutes

Last on

Tue 30 Aug 2011 12:04
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