UK needs plumbers, builders and engineers as skill crisis hits economy

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/10/uk-plumbers-builders-engineers-skill-crisis-economy

Construction and technical companies blame recession for lack of apprentices and call on government and schools to promote trades

Housebuilders continue to report strong profits
 Some companies are having to employ Portuguese bricklayers on huge rates due to a shortage of qualified people in the UK. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA

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