However, the proposal doesn't go far enough. In the absence of a home-grown solution, primarily caused by a plateau in the numbers studying technical subjects in the European Union, several other fields in engineering have long suffered significant skills gaps and should be granted the same privileges.
Even if the UK's engineering lobby succeeds, it should not rest on its laurels. We recently surveyed 1,695 engineers from around the world about their experiences of working overseas.
The UK scored a much lower rating for quality of life than many other countries which are also in competition to attract skilled engineers.
British employers and the government must think about other measures to make the UK an attractive destination.
With the current skills shortages we'll have no choice but to look outside the EU for help.
TOBIAS READ, CEO, EPCglobal, PO Box 1413, First Floor, Broadway Chambers, Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 7PW