Migrants needed to fill the skills gap

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A fast expanding Chesterfield firm has entered the debate over immigration, warning that, without migrant workers, Britain wouldn’t have enough skilled employees.

Jason Lippitt, who rescued and set TMAT Acoustic Technologies on the road to new growth, says his Holmewood Industrial Park company employs Russians, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Greeks, Ghanaians and Jamaicans, as well as Britons.

“I’d love to be able to recruit lots of young British-born workers, but I’m afraid the UK education system is currently failing to produce enough engineers, chemists and skilled workers of the calibre a manufacturer like TMAT needs,” said Mr Lippitt.

“At the end of the day, we’re a business, and that means getting the people with the right skills for the job; and if that means recruiting from overseas, then so be it.

“We have a very harmonious and, highly accomplished, international workforce helping drive us towards our goal of turning over £20 million per year.”

TMAT makes specialised insulation for tractors and excavators.