Commenting on this week's National Audit Office report on the preparations for delivering the 14-19 year old education reforms, Charlotte Moore-Bick, Senior Policy Advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"We have supported the principle behind many of the recent education reform proposals that seek to resolve the very apparent skills shortage in the UK.  However, it is essential that the delivery of these reforms is tied closely to the requirements of business and employers.  Work experience and work related learning must be of a high standard, as should the type of information and guidance that young people receive on their futures. Most importantly, the 14-19 diplomas must be credible to employers.

"In short, if the education reforms are going to be successful, business needs to be fully involved in both the development and delivery stages."