TMAT says need for migrant workforce highlights UK Manufacturing skills shortage

TMATWith debate raging over the impact of extra migrants on UK jobs, TMAT has said that it is proud of its diverse workforce – and that the need to employ so many staff from overseas only serves to highlight the UK skills shortage.

TMAT has a staff made up of eight different nationalities: Russian; German; Polish; Romanian; Ghanaian; Greek; Jamaican; and British.

These are all skilled workers making important contributions to a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – whose customers include the likes of Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB and Volvo – currently turning over between £10m – £15m and with exciting global ambitions.

Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT, said: “At the end of the day, we’re a business, and that means getting the people with the right skills for the job; and if that means recruiting from overseas, then so be it.

“We have a very harmonious and highly accomplished international workforce helping drive us towards our goal of turning over £20m per year.

“I’d love to be able to recruit lots of young British-born workers, but I’m afraid the UK education system is currently failing to produce enough engineers, chemists and skilled workers of the calibre a manufacturer like TMAT needs.”

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it knows are the best in the industry.

TMAT’S products are unique to each individual customer, tailored to specific needs and requirements. All of its products are exclusively designed by TMAT’s on-site Chemists and Engineers to meet the challenges and needs of some of the world’s largest OEMs.