The former Newcastle United chairman, and boss of Shepherd Offshore, says training young people is the only way out of the skills shortage threatening to hamper the region's renewable energy future.
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A study by the University of Oxford forecasts an increase of more than half a million foreign-born people in England between 2011 and 2014.
Paul Brand is joined by four new Parliamentary candidates for a lively debate on the economy and immigration. Watch the programme here:
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.