Scottish skills 'hit crisis'…

Scottish skills ‘hit crisis’…
Melanie Reynolds Claims that skills shortages in Scotland have reached such a critical level that it is stopping electronics companies from setting up there have been vigorously denied. The claims were made at the Computer Industry 2000 conference, as was the suggestion that the North East of England would become the UK’s next major centre for the electronics and computer industries. “What we’re getting is strong messages that Scotland is at saturation point with electronics companies,” said Paul Hemphill, marketing manager at Northumberland County Council, one of the conference organisers. “We’re not aware of any problems and it’s something we’re very sensitive to,” countered David McFadyen, director for Europe of Locate in Scotland. “It would be naive to say there aren’t any areas of tightness in the market, but it is a global shortage.” Hemphill says that the North East offers good communications and a labour force which can be trained up, but “as far as grants are concerned we are fighting with one hand behind our backs compared with Wales and Scotland”. McFadyen said that this is not the case. “There are always people who want to say its not fair. But the select committee said there is no evidence of unfair practice.”


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