CBI/Pearson National Education & Skills Survey Published

CBI/Pearson National Education & Skills Survey Published

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in partnership with SCTP member, Pearson has published its report 'Helping the UK Thrive' into the current education and skills landscape. This includes a focus on what employers are looking for in new recruits, the importance and incidence of work experience the quality of information advice and guidance and the need for the skills system to deliver quality training that helps meet skills shortages.

The skills and ingenuity of our people are at the heart of prosperity. Improving them is the best growth strategy a nation can have. As a mature economy, UK firms need to excel on quality and show their value in using innovation and technology to drive growth, which supports incomes for families across the country.

Education and skills are at the heart of this – enabling firms to succeed, but also opening the door to great careers and opportunities for individuals. This has been the case for many years, but the changes we face over the next decade make the issue more important than ever.

The survey found that; 

-63% of the businesses questioned planned to reconfigure existing training into apprenticeships 

- 27% expected to cut back on non-apprenticeship training activity to meet levy costs 

- Additionally, the report found that 1/3 businesses saw the lack of clear guidance as the biggest challenge they faced in the first year of the operation of the apprenticeships levy

Link to the full report here -