The UK education system is denying young people access to knowledge of foreign languages and senior European management jobs.
An industrial relations expert has called on the government to abolish A levels in favour of a continental baccalaureate system to provide young adults with training in foreign languages.
Ray Richardson, lecturer in industrial relations at LSE said: "As long as young people are forced to specialise in just three subjects at A level, we will continue to lag behind other countries in language skills."
Business leaders gathered at a conference this week claimed managers fluent in at least two languages are better because they are open-minded and able to cross cultural barriers.
Stephen Boley, global HR director for IT at PricewaterhouseCoopers said large companies are always in need of such graduates.
By Richard Staines