James Dyson writes in the Financial Times:

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“After a buoyant summer, the economy seems to be returning to health. Manufacturing is coming to the fore as a driver of the economic recovery.

” . . .  We only create about 12,000 engineering graduates a year. Meanwhile, our competitors are churning them out – it is predicted that in two years we will have a deficit of 200,000 engineers”.

Manufacturing is indeed coming to the fore in the West Midlands but companies still find it hard to recruit skilled people from the region . . .

Disclaimer: quoting Mr Dyson does not imply agreement with all his views and actions.