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Engineer driven by desire to create jobs

Article on John Cunningham who says he can't get the right qualified people in Northern Ireland to develop his products...quite interesting in the current times..
Engineer driven by desire to create jobs

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Lisburn electronics firm highlights skills shortage in Northern Ireland

A Lisburn electronics company has said a skills shortage in Northern Ireland means it is having to employ specialist engineers from overseas instead of local graduates.
Kelvatek wants to hire 55 design engineers as part of its expansion plans.However, it said it could not find them in Northern Ireland. Kelvatek designs and manufactures a range of electronic equipment for the power and rail industries. It currently employs 130 people and is planning to more than double its workforce over the next 18 months.
Kelvatek chief executive John Cunningham said it could not find the range of design engineers it needs in Northern Ireland."We find it virtually impossible to recruit at the moment on the design side," he added. "There is a complete dearth of engineers and to support that we are being forced to open up design offices in other parts of the world - in Poland, Denmark, Italy, England and Scotland." The company maintains there is a skills mismatch in Northern Ireland. Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said "skills were the key driver of the Northern Ireland economy". There is an ongoing challenge in terms of trying to ensure we match supply with demand," he said.
"We do need to be working at full efficiency and where there are skill shortages or mismatches that clearly is a problem." Mr Farry said he had been contacted by engineering companies who had expressed their concerns over skills shortages. "At present I have asked the Northern Ireland skills advisor Bill McGinnis to do a scoping exercise with me," he said. "He's currently in the process of talking to engineering companies across Northern Ireland



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