The Group has undertakes inquiries when appropriate. Details of the inquiries can be found by clicking on the links below.

APCRG inquiry into the talent and skills challenge facing the UK

The Group decided in March 2008 to hold an inquiry that would look at the way in which Government and businesses were responding to the talent and skills challenge facing the UK. The inquiry team reached the view that, post Leitch and with a recession looming, this challenge has become more, not less critical if the UK is to remain competitive in a global economy and maintain social cohesion. The evidence heard during the course of the inquiry included some inspiring examples of what can be achieved by responsible businesses and other organisations.

Businesses are, and must be, levers for change. The inquiry team concluded that the tipping point in meeting the talent challenge will be reached when all businesses recognise the urgency and scale of the challenge, are engaged in meeting this responsibility as a top priority and, through a simplified system, have the full support of the Government and the community in doing so.

A public call for evidence was issued on 28 May 2008, with a deadline for submissions of 26 June 2008. The inquiry team received oral and written evidence from 29 companies and other organisations.

The inquiry team members were: Baroness Greengross (Chair), Martin Horwood MP, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, Lord Newby, John Robertson MP and Jo Swinson MP. Andrew Dakers, Public Affairs Manager, Business in the Community and Patricia Constant of Central Lobby Consultants, acted as advisers to the inquiry team.

The following meetings were held to hear oral evidence:

  • 21 May 2008, 2020 horizons,

  • 18 June 2008, examples of good practice,

  • 25 June 2008, examples of good practice,

  • 16 July, 2009, report from BITC and discussion of key issues

The inquiry report was launched at the Group's annual lunch on 16 December 2008.

Download the inquiry report