Video: Nissan needs engineers to fill skills gaps

One of Bedfordshire’s flagship companies needs engineers to fill a big skills gap.

Nissan’s site in Cranfield employs about 1,000 people creating vehicle designs for the world market.

David Moss, vice president of vehicle research and development at Nissan, spoke in favour of new University Technical Colleges during an event at the Central Bedfordhire UTC, in Houghton Regis, near Dunstable, on Wednesday. UTCs concentrate on science, engineering and technical skills for 14-19 year-olds.

Mr Moss said the company is about 60 engineers short, but particularly of electronic engineers. Cars are becoming more and more electronics based and the lack of local skills is a threat to the company.

There are also a lack of female engineers and Mr Moss is keen on encouraging young women to take up careers in the field.

He said the firm is keen on getting female input into product design. “You can’t get the same views from a group of blokes,” he said.

“Engineering isn’t about getting your hands dirty, it’s about making products in the best way possible,” he said.