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Is the skills crisis over?

As business falls away and engineers are forced to look for other work, will this be a shortcut to filling the skills gap that has existed for so long?

Any company, business group or politician will tell you that there is a skills shortage.

We need engineers - fact.

But as the private sector cools-off, engineers are finding themselves joining those already looking for work.

But there are still many jobs in engineering - the nuclear industry needs people, Crossrail will need people, the highways industry needs people and growing sectors such as renewable energy are increasing their demand for skilled engineers.

This is in addition to the many public sector projects that are ongoing. Who will be designing and managing £2bn of flood defences all over the country? You.

So, is the skills shortage over?

Engineers can retrain relatively easily. Will people take this opportunity to plug the skills gaps that exist and end the constant skills shortage in civil engineering - for now at least?

Please vote using the buttons on the right - is the skills crisis over?

But this is a more complex issue. Please comment on this story below, or email nceedit@emap.com with any thoughts you have on the subject.

Have a great Christmas,

The NCE team.

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