National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018.
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.
As students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their GCSE results today, they reveal a downward trend in achievement - to the lowest level since 2008.
The overall proportion of entries achieving A* to C has dipped by 2.1% points to 66.9%.
Top A* grades have dropped by 0.1% points to 6.5%.