The eighth CBI education and skills survey, run in partnership with Pearson, was conducted against the backdrop of strengthening economic growth and rising employment.

The new government now needs to accelerate reforms across our education and skills systems to ensure every young person develops their full potential and that the growing demand for skills, particularly higher-level skills, can be met.

Without prompt action, there is a real risk that skills shortages will act as a brake on productivity and economic growth.