Severe skills shortages within British engineering are damaging industrial growth and productivity, a report out this week reveals.
In the biggest annual survey of the UK engineering labour market, published by the Engineering and Marine Training Authority, nearly half the firms polled or more than 2,000 engineering sites reported difficulties recruiting suitable staff.
The shortage is increasing production time and costs, restricting business development and causing thousands of UK companies to lose orders, the report says.
The survey paints a grim picture of the legacy of under-spending on training, with the effects being felt most in the fastest growing industrial sectors.
‘When we came out of the recession in the early 1990s everyone stopped training,’ said EMTA research analyst Reg d’Souza. ‘Now it is too late to rectify quickly.’
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