More than 80% of school leavers applying for apprenticeships are "unemployable" and some college courses are so bad they amount to "state-sponsored babysitting".
These damning conclusions from the motoring giant Arnold Clark have been met with an angry reaction from MSPs who accuse the firm of absurd 'youth-bashing'.
In a written submission to a Holyrood job summit, the firm's training arm, GTG said 81% of applicants to its entry level jobs were "unsuitable for any employment.
Of the 2,280 applications it received last year, more than 1800 were rejected. Just 121 made the grade.
It comes on the same day, researchers warned Scotland's creating a generation of screen addicts. Ten to eleven year year olds spend more than six hours a day on computers, smartphones and TV, getting short term entertainment highs, leading to long term health and job prospect lows.
Discussing the issues on Scotland Tonight were the Scottish Government's Youth Employment minister Angela Constance; the chief executive of Scottish engineering Peter Hughes; the General Secretary of the EIS teaching union Larry Flanagan and Colin Borland from the Federation of Small Businesses.
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