Skills system "irrelevant" for employers claims CBI
British employers are being let down by a skills system which many of them view as irrelevant, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has claimed.
The employers' organisation said that the present skills system was not delivering value for money and that much of the publicly-funded training available was seen as irrelevant by businesses.
The organisation has called for a closer alignment between the publicly-funded workforce training and employers' skills needs, including a new careers advice system, reform of skills qualifications and a "pruning" of skills quangos.
Richard Lambert, CBI Director General, said: "To equip the economy for the challenges of globalisation ahead, we have to put employer needs centre stage.
"The current system does not match public funding and support with what is needed to improve low skills and raise low productivity."
The CBI's recommendations have been issued ahead of the Leitch report looking at the UK skill situation, which was commissioned by Gordon Brown and will be released in early December.