As students receive their GCSE results today (Thursday) the British Chambers of Commerce warns that the exam system must be reformed if it is to meet the needs of British business. BCC President Peter Mileham said:

"We recognise the enormous amount of effort and hard work that young people have put into their GCSEs. However our members remain deeply concerned that the exam system is not meeting their needs. We do not want to see young people, business and the UK economy disadvantaged because our education system is not fit for purpose."

"Too many young people are still leaving school without having mastered the basics in English, maths and ICT. They also lack softer skills such as communication, teamwork and time keeping."

"We need a curriculum that provides all young people with a firm foundation for future achievement, whether they go straight into the work or on to further education or training. This includes a grounding in the functional basics, experience of vocational and work-based learning and academic elements that challenge the very brightest. We believe that a Tomlinson-style British baccalaureate at 14-19 would have helped to deliver this."

"In addition to improving basic skills, the education system must merge academic and vocational routes. This would help to raise the value of vocational training and ensure that core skills relevant to the workplace are gained by all those in education."