As Dyson goes from strength to strength the company continues to invest substantially in research and development, sadly not always in the United Kingdom.
Despite offering excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, operating in an area where housing is relatively affordable and with a work ethic which recognises that failure is part of the learning curve Dyson cannot find sufficient young engineers. It is setting up a complete R&D facility in Singapore.
In the UK 4% of graduates are engineers, in Singapore 40% of graduates are engineers.
Dyson is a prime example of an innovative engineering business that is successful in the global market. It creates revenue for the nation and gives employment to thousands of people both directly and indirectly.
The UK needs more such companies if we are to maintain both our quality of life and our standing in the international arena. Ours however is a culture which now seems to encourage the young to follow the softer values of life such as Law, Media and Social studies.
But as American Richard Lamm has said “All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness. ”
March 2018 Video BBC News