"Inventor Sir James Dyson is to open his own institute to train engineers, who he says are badly needed if UK companies are to remain competitive." Dyson is not the only one complaining. Many other industry leaders in different countries have said exactly the same thing. In the Philippines, business tycoon Gokongwei has long ago set up his own Institute and has been recruiting engineering graduates to be trained as technicians to staff his Industry needs.
The Dyson Institute of Technology, opening in autumn 2017, will create home-grown talent as UK needs another 1 million engineers by 2020 with software, hardware and electronics skills.
The £15m institute will be based at Dyson's campus in Malmesbury in Wiltshire and will offer a four-year engineering degree in partnership with the University of Warwick.
Industry is presently taking the initiative that TVET Colleges and Institutes have failed to respond. Unless Industry needs are met by the existing training institutions, Industry will looks for other options. The Garments Manufacturers Association in Cambodia has also made preparations for establishing its own school.
In developed economies, the partnerships between Industry and TVET has been going on and has been feeling their skills needs. Time for TVET planners in emerging economies to put traction to the rhetoric of Public-Private Partnership.
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