A survey from the CBI has confirmed the increasing need for more skilled people. Education for The Modern World, the CBI’s education and skills annual report represents views from over 28,000 business of all sizes, regions, and sectors and provides a unique insight into employer’s perception of the education system. The CBI has said the results provide reason for optimism, but also highlight some significant challenges.
“Employers expect to recruit more people over the coming years but worry there aren’t enough skilled people to fill the vacancies,” says the report. “Four in five businesses plan to maintain or increase their spending on training, but there has been a sharp drop in apprenticeship programmes because of the Apprenticeship Levy. Worryingly, the number of businesses engaged with schools or colleges is down by almost 10 per cent.”
REC chief executive Neil Carberry commented: “Recruiters are Britain’s jobs experts, and what they tell us about skills shortages is reflected in this new survey from the CBI. Availability of skilled candidates is already tight, so improved investment in education and training from government and employers is essential, alongside a pragmatic approach to post-Brexit immigration.
“Last week’s Budget provided some welcome progress on the Apprenticeship Levy – and careers advice changes have quickened – but the pace of reform is too slow,” he continued. “The Levy needs reform now to deliver the skilled workforce this research shows we need – including opening up support to temporary workers.”