5 March 2017

  |  CBI Press Team

Update

"There has never been a more important time to address the UK's skills shortages"

The CBI has responded to the Chancellor’s post-16 technical education reforms to be announced at the March 2017 Budget.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“Businesses are delighted by the Government’s announcements, which they and the CBI have long been calling for. Increasing the number of teaching hours for technical subjects is fundamental to delivering world class training for our young people in every part of the UK.

“There has never been a more important time to address the UK’s skills shortages. Investment in skills by employers and the Government, working together in partnership, are the key to giving young people the opportunities they need to succeed.

“And with the majority of people who will be working in 2030 already in the workforce now, the proposed focus on adult skills provision will put this type of training on the right path to major and necessary improvement.  This will be very important in the face of fast-changing economics and technology.”