A document entitled EEA Workers in the UK market commissioned by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) created in 2018, covers both the impacts on the United Kingdom labour market of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
As a UK garment manufacturer with two factories in the UK and employing 15 different nationalities we could not operate without our highly skilled migrant workforce.
The report states:
‘Migration benefits the UK, economically, culturally and socially. Our businesses, agriculture, public services, voluntary organisations and universities rely to a greater or lesser extent on migration for labour, skills and ideas. Britain is a tolerant country, open for business and will stay that way. We will remain a hub for international talent and our departure from the EU must be seen in this context.’
EEF said that manufacturers were investing heavily in their workforce. Over two thirds of EEF members were currently offering apprenticeships, only 5% had never done so. They said that members continued to recruit graduates, had increased training investment within their existing workforce and engaged in the next generation of workers by working with schools, colleges and universities.
This is exactly what we have been doing at FEL since 2012 when we became a training provider for the Fashion & Textiles apprenticeship programme. Today we offer technical skills training across the complete garment life cycle offering accredited courses from level 1 to 5. We open our doors to students at all levels and provide factory tours so they can understand exactly how a garment is made and the skills involved.
You can review the full report here
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