Sir James Dyson has warned that British companies are failing to recruit enough skilled engineers due to a shortage of highly-trained graduates.

He also revealed that his company have struggled to fill their 200 engineering vacancies for this year.

Up to 217,000 engineers will be needed within the next five years to plug gaps in the workforce and help drive the economy.

The inventor and entrepreneur called on the Government to ease restrictions on the number of overseas students remaining in the country after their courses had ended, insisting bright foreigners were needed to “develop technology for export and relieve our skills shortage”.

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