More than half of employers fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers, according to a survey by the CBI.

The employers' organisation is warning that a skills shortage is "threatening to starve economic growth".

"Firms are facing a skills emergency now," said CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall.

In the Budget, the government announced a levy on large employers to fund new apprenticeships.

"By developing the skills of young people, businesses can boost their productivity, employees can harness their talent and we can reach our potential as world beaters," said Skills Minister Nick Boles of the plans for a training levy.

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