Employers and education must work together, says CBI chiefJul 05, 2013
It is not merely a case of throwing money at the system, John Cridland told an audience of business leaders and students in Milton Keynes.
Firms need to be incentivised to take on apprentices, for example, while higher-quality careers advice has to begin earlier in a child’s academic life.
Business has a duty to work more closely with teachers and education chiefs in order to bring the system into line with employers’ expectations, the forum heard.
Mr Cridland (pictured) was speaking at Milton Keynes College at a forum themed The Business of Education. “In the long term, the most important thing we can do to sustain living standards for our citizens is investment in education,” he said.
“Some are going to work for 55 years before they get a pension and we are not equipping them with the currency for life.”
Business often fell into the trap of investing in secondary and further education through providing work experience and apprenticeships but their involvement should begin at primary level, Mr Cridland said.
Government spending cuts have affected education for the first time. That means that available money had to be spent more smartly, Mr Cridland said.
He said that business and educators should be working closer together. “It has to be a coalition of the willing,” he said.