Is Suella Braverman’s call to ‘train up’ Brits to fill labour shortages possible?

Industry groups say the ‘British workforce is not able to carry out seasonal work’ as net migration soars

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Tuesday 16 May 2023 17:46 BST

Suella Braverman has called for Britain to be “less dependent on low-skilled foreign labour” and claimed job shortages can be filled with domestic workers.

The home secretary is among the right-wing Conservative MPs pressuring Rishi Sunak to drive down net migration after it soared to a record of more than 500,000 in the year to June.

But several key industries are still reporting staff shortages, including agriculture, food processing and logistics, as well as gaps across the NHS.

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