Even though the businesses that we surveyed are keen to recruit new staff members and expand, a lack of appropriate skills within the labour pool is limiting business growth.

The Government’s sustained commitment to apprenticeship schemes is a step in the right direction, but businesses must be given more support in developing and offering the highest quality apprenticeships as well as other workplace based training programmes.

This report sets out recommendations to help resolve the skills shortage in the UK and improve the employability of the British workforce.