CBI says the companies ‘alienated’ ability to levy

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The latest measures to improve the Uk skills base are not working, the CBI employers ‘ group has warned.

The organization, which represents the UK’s biggest companies, for example, programs such as the apprenticeship levy had “alienated” companies.

CBI managing director Neil Carberry criticised successive governments’ short-term approach to address the country’s skills shortage.

“We need an approach that lasts 50 years, not five,” he said.

The CBI has said 28 separate policy reforms over the past 30 years has led to confusion and failed to deliver what was needed to improve skills.

He said that if the government was committed to a long-term industrial strategy, there was a need for a long-term approach to improve the quality of Britain’s workforce.

Mr. Carberry required a greater effort at the national level for the promotion of quality, rather than the introduction of new qualifications.

“Too often, the skills reforms were well-intentioned, but not for the students or the companies all over the country, so that the system is reinvented again.

“The apprenticeship levy [a tax on businesses to support skills training] is the latest example of a policy that is still in the right.

“There is an opportunity to establish a stable framework for skills in England by the government, the revision of the levy and the creation of a world-class technicians using the T-levels”.

T-levels are designed to simplify the process of professional education and training in England.

Mr Carberry said that if the government is able to convince the employers and skills providers that the system cannot continue to change, businesses invest more to improve the basic skills.

A government spokesman has defended the success of the skills levy.

“The apprenticeship levy offers a real opportunity to tackle the skills shortage that we are experiencing currently, and we will continue to work with levy payers so it can be spent effectively.

“Through our industrial strategy we are committed to creating well-paid, highly skilled jobs for the future”.