Foreign languages 'shortfall' for business, CBI says

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Foreign languages 'shortfall' for business, CBI says

The UK's education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business, the CBI has said.

Nearly two-thirds of about 300 UK firms surveyed by the business lobby group said they preferred staff with these skills.

French, German and Spanish were highly prized but Arabic and Mandarin were growing in importance, it said.

The government said its policies meant more children were learning languages.

The report refers to British Council research citing an "alarming shortage" of speakers of certain major languages.

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