Commenting on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) new report ‘Growth Through People’, Marcus Mason, Employment and Skills Policy Manager at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:


“It is encouraging to see that UKCES is looking at ways to improve workplace skills in order to boost productivity, wages and social mobility in the UK, a key point highlighted in our Business Manifesto 2014/15.


“Based on the results of our Workforce Survey 2014, we’ve proposed measures to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work, including introducingbusiness governance into schools and measuring the success of schools and universities based on the employment outcomes of pupils.


“The UK wide Chamber network, which has more than 1,200 schools, colleges and universities in its membership, is already working to build stronger links, which will help to better prepare young people for work and address skills shortages. 


“It is also important that businesses lead the way by investing in developing and training their workforce – UKCES’s proposal to route public funding for apprentices through employers would help support this. However, a mixed model would give businesses greater flexibility – allowing those with limited resources, such as SMEs, to let training providers or colleges manage funding if necessary.”