Immigration: firms will need to train more UK workers, says Priti Patel

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‘Economically inactive’ Britons could do jobs in sectors where there are shortages under new system, home secretary says

Companies will need to train more British workers to fill vacancies when the new immigration system kicks in requiring foreign workers to have qualifications and the ability to speak English, Priti Patel, the home secretary, has said.

In a round of television and radio interviews, she said 8 million people between the ages of 16 and 64 were “economically inactive” and could be given the skills to do jobs in sectors where there were shortages as a result of the new points-based system.

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