Commenting on the speech by shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Chuka Umunna is right to say that apprenticeships must be of high quality if they are to be attractive both to employers and to young people alike. His arguments in favour of longer, higher-level apprenticeships will resonate with many companies, as a training system that works for business is a pre-requisite for a great economy.

“Yet a high-growth, high-productivity economy isn't created by increasing wages or employment regulation. It depends on business investment, first and foremost. Promoting investment, rather than new employment laws, should be the top priority for the Labour Party as it develops its policy platform.”

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