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Good news for budding engineers

November 28th, 2012

There is good news for those hoping to make it in the engineering sector.

Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry Conference, business secretary Vince Cable has announced the expansion of an industry-led engineering recruitment scheme.

The Talent Retention Solution (TRS) was established in order to help employees find placements in manufacturing and engineering companies in the UK. The scheme currently has 2,200 people signed up but this number is sure to increase dramatically over the next few months due to a change in eligibility rules.

Currently, the TRS is only open to skilled workers already in work or facing redundancy but this is now to be opened up to include graduates and students.

Speaking at the conference, Mr Cable said: “I’m pleased that the scheme is being extended beyond those already established in the profession, to help engineering students and graduates get their big break.

“By matching people with real jobs, we are ensuring there is a pipeline of talented engineers of all levels plugging the huge demand for a skilled workforce in the sectors at the forefront of driving our recovery.”

This expansion will hopefully see newly qualified engineers finding employment easily and quickly within a company. More than 500 companies are currently signed up to the programme, from well-known names such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, EADS/Airbus, Siemens, Shell, Nissan, and EDF to smaller, family-owned businesses. This is not only a great opportunity for those looking for employment but also for smaller companies that may struggle to attract a high standard of applicants.

The website is soon to be given a complete overhaul in order to make it simpler for companies and individuals to get involved with the scheme.

“I’m pleased that the scheme is being extended beyond those already established in the profession, to help engineering students and graduates get their big break. By matching people with real jobs, we are ensuring there is a pipeline of talented engineers of all levels plugging the huge demand for a skilled workforce in the sectors at the forefront of driving our recovery,” added Mr Cable.

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