Land Rover’s reported problems recruiting engineers from within the UK sparked off a brief debate in the House of Lords last week on skills shortages in engineering.
The debate was instigated by former Labour MP Lord Evans of Parkside who asked whether the Government had any plans for alleviating the shortage of engineers.
Department of Trade and Industry minister Lord Simon said that the problem at Land Rover had been overstated.
He gave his support for an apprenticeship scheme but said that was something for ‘the Engineering Council and the many bodies which represent engineering across the country to develop.’
Lord Simon said that Land Rover had only originally advertised its vacancies on the Internet, and that it had now received more than 350 applications from British engineers.