Some of our high-tech businesses are warning that a shortage of skilled staff could threaten an economic recovery. Melbourne Scientific in Cambridgeshire says they can not expand as fast as they would like, due to a lack of candidates with the right skills.
The company say they would love to see more applicants with high quality apprenticeships or technical qualifications. They are not the only business with this problem.
Central Bedfordshire University Technical College in Houghton Regis say misconceptions about greasy overalls is a real problem in recruiting students.
Newly opened in September, the UTC stresses it is a technical not a vocational college, with courses designed by local employers like British Aerospace which will be partly taught by staff from Cranfield University.
University Technical Colleges are a new type of school, Central Bedfordshire University Technical College is only the fifth in the country and the first in the East. More are due to open in Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Cambridge next year.