Launching its manifesto for skills and employment, the group said that Britain needed to look at how its skills can help it compete in the global race.
The manifesto calls for schools to be assessed based on the employability skills they deliver, more clear and consistent qualifications and tax incentives to encourage foreign language learning.
Nora Senior, president of the BCC, said that businesses, educators and government need to work better to deliver the skills we need for the future.
She said: Skills will decide who wins and who loses in a 21stcentury economy yet employers across the UK constantly say they struggle to find prospective employees, particularly those leaving education, who have the right skills to succeed in the workplace.
The world has changed at a rapid pace. If Britain doesnt keep up, employers who are unable to access the skills they need or those unwilling to invest in training will lose business to other firms at home and abroad, putting us at a disadvantage.
Simple measures, such as investing in quality careers education, making employability a key measure for schools, and supporting interaction between pupils and local employers, will deliver more jobs and growth in the long-term.