Skills gap in UK means businesses will lose out to Asian markets where engineering talent abounds

Britain must nurture young talents in new science and technology to safeguard its engineering future, or face losing out to Asian markets, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The employers’ organisation calculates that Britain will need 2.4m workers with science and engineering skills over the next seven years.

Today, three quarters of our engineering firms are struggling to recruit. This compares with India which produces 450,000 engineering graduates a year, and is now home to research and design centres established by General Electric, Motorola and Microsoft.