Is Britain Short of Skills?
By Liam R Carr
previously published here
Science and Engineering:Engineers are needed in the Nuclear, offshore and renewable energy industry. There is a need for geologists, geophysicists and environmental scientists. Specialist high integrity pipe welders and high voltage overhead line repairers are desperately needed to work on pylons and in the energy sector.Creative Industries:2D and 3D animators for film, TV and the computer games industry are in short supply, as are skilled chefs, ballet dancers and classical musicians (even in a recession, the rich still need to eat expensive food, listen to the philharmonic and enjoy the ballet )Medicine and Health:There is a shortage of haematologists, psychiatrists specialising in care of the elderly, clinical neurophysiologists, radiographers and neonatal nurses.The real tragedy is that there is a skills shortage in regions of high unemployment. Skills need to be put on the agenda in schools and colleges but all we see are retrograde steps.
The reality is this: We are living in a country where the children of today will have fewer opportunities than their parents. It is our duty to equip the workers of tomorrow with the skills they need to get on. In refusing to address this issue the government is failing the next generation, they are a government of opportunity for the few and the scrapheap for many.