Green’s answer to immigration: Train country’s own workforce

`Country needs to do better at training its own workforce’

20th July 2010: Immigration minister Damian Green has suggested that along with immigration controls, the country’s own workforce was required to be `upskilled’.



Green said that the country needed to do better at training its own workforce. His simple, but important aim was to get rid of immigration as one of the ever steady top political issues or public concerns.

Unlimited flows have led to intolerable pressures on public services, said Green. The Coalition Government had promised to bring net immigration levels down to “tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands”.

Green reverberated concern that some British workers were too lethargic and declined to do some menial jobs or to work at all.

He said that it was a dangerous path that there were some jobs which were bound to be done but the British were reluctant to do them.

He asserted that constantly bringing in people to do the unskilled jobs was no way to run a society. Employers wanting a good worker would find good quality workforce wherever they were.

Green added that the welfare system had allowed over the decades too many people to remain completely detached from the world of work which was not a good sign for the society.

As of now, the ministers are holding discussion on the setting up of annual caps. It is being worked out as how and at what level the limit for migrant workers will be set.

Part of the consultation would look at requiring employers who want to bring in migrant workers to run apprenticeship schemes to train up local workers as well.  

Damian Green warned the country had gone down a “dangerous path” by just accepting there are some jobs the British are simply not prepared to do, leaving employers with little option but to bring in workers.

Penning down an article in The Daily Telegraph, Green said the aim of the temporary restriction, which only affects workers from outside the European Union, is to put off a rush of applications for work permits before the full cap is introduced.

The provisional limit will see 1,300 fewer foreign workers allowed in the UK over the next nine months, while the Government prepares for a lasting annual limit to be imposed next April.

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