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Businesses prepare for Brexit skills gap

Companies anticipating a skills shortage for jobs in the sciences and engineering should be offering in-house training and apprenticeships to minimise the effects of Brexit, according to a report for the UK national science academy.

The Royal Society commissioned the research institute RAND Europe to investigate the international mobility of researchers in academia and industry. The report, published on 28 September, is based on interviews with 16 respondents from 15 organisations spanning a range of research companies.

The report found that the uncertainty resulting from the European Union referendum has led respondents to look for new approaches to overcoming the barriers to hiring international staff. Some companies also said they have started to develop their own training activities, introducing apprenticeship programmes to anticipate potential skills gaps.

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