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TRS participates at MACH 2014

Posted on Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00

TRS participates at MACH 2014

We are going to exhibit in the MACH 2014 Show. If you would like to talk to us, please come to our stand in Hall 4, Stand No: 4756.

Please click here to read our marketing material.

Smiles all the way as company recruits using TRS

Posted on Thu, 6 Feb 2014 00:00

Smiles all the way as company recruits using TRS

Smiles all the way as Catherine McKinnell MP Newcastle North introduces TRS to Smiles Engineering a manufacturing and engineering company in the North East. Read more 

TRS welcomes new sponsor/members:

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00

TRS welcomes new sponsor/members

TRS is pleased to announce that the following companies joined the project this month:


Selex ES:

Augusta Westland:

TRS working with BAE Systems to support people into jobs

Posted on Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:00

TRS working with BAE Systems to support people into jobs

You will no doubt be aware that BAE Systems announced a major redundancy programme at its shipyards on the Clyde and in Portsmouth in November 2013.

BAE Systems is committed to supporting its employees in gaining re-employment in the UK, particularly in the Manufacturing and Engineering sectors that TRS supports.

Since the announcement in November, BAE Systems has been working with TRS to improve the visibility of affected employees and promote their availability to prospective employers and member companies across the TRS community.

Member companies will now be able to search specifically for BAE Systems employees using the new ‘Corporate Restructuring Programmes’ option in the ‘Search People’ section on TRS. Feedback from recruiting member companies indicates this will be a more effective way to match people with vacancies and companies will also have the confidence of knowing that these employees are actively searching for a new role and that their last employer was BAE Systems.


BAE Systems has been promoting TRS as the one of their recommended solutions for employees to register their CV and Personal details in the public domain so that recruiting companies can view their skills, knowledge and contact details through the TRS system.

At the time of writing this e-mail, over 300 BAE Systems Employees across a wide range of Engineering and Manufacturing disciplines and from all Business Support functions have registered their personal profile on TRS and more are also expected to register in the near future.

Please can we encourage you to take a look at this new capability on the TRS system and specifically start to review BAE Systems employees details against your vacancy requirements. We have BAE Systems approval for you to actively make direct contact with their employees through the TRS system with a view to filling your vacancies.

To view all registered BAE Systems Employees looking for re-employment, please click here

We would be pleased to hear of any successes you have in recruiting BAE Systems employees through the TRS system and would welcome your feedback about this new facility as we continue to enhance its reputation as a tool for supporting the attraction, development and retention of Manufacturing and Engineering skills in the UK.

With best regards

TRS Team  

TRS welcomes new member

Posted on Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:00

TRS welcomes new member

TRS is pleased to announce that the following organisation joined the project this month: 

Prospect the Trade Union

TRS welcomes new members

Posted on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00

TRS welcomes new members

TRS is pleased to announce that the following companies joined the project this month:

Sembcorp Utilities UK                

RLC Integrated Solutions:

TRS House of Commons October 2013

Posted on Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:00

TRS House of Commons October 2013

Lord Willis of Knaresborough hosts TRS reception in the House of Commons. The event was a great success drawing members and supporters from across the manufacturing and engineering industry.

Allan Cook, Chair of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, which led the development of the TRS, and Chairman of Atkins, Selex ES and Finmeccanica UK, said:

 "TRS was designed and developed by industry, associations, Unite and BIS to help to retain and attract engineering talent within our engineering sector. It is self funded and completely free to small and medium enterprises. This is just one of many measures that the Government - with the full support from industry - is helping to protect and develop our most precious resource - PEOPLE! I have been immensely proud to be part of this programme and hope that it can continue to address the needs of our industry as we pull ourselves out of the recession."

Terry Scouler, chief executive, EEF announcing their partnership agreement with TRS said:

“We are extremely supportive of the excellent work TRS is doing to retain key skills within the manufacturing and engineering sector and we look forward to working with our members to help them adopt the TRS platform as a core component of their talent acquisition, development and retention programmes.”

Talent Retention Solution cements relationship with UK Universities

Posted on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:47

Talent Retention Solution cements relationship with UK Universities

On Thursday, 13 June, sponsoring companies and organisations of the Talent Retention Solution (TRS) will host a half-day event for 25 of the UK’s leading universities. The event is aimed at cementing the TRS’ relationship with universities and will focus on engaging the higher education community to be part of this highly innovative employer-led talent retention solution.

Industry sponsors of the TRS will provide a view of the strategic and operational significance of the scheme as a principal route to attract, retain, develop and grow the nationwide engineering skills base as a key plank of the UK’s industrial strategy. Universities have a key role to play in this and the event will focus on sponsors' vision for engagement and methods of delivery in the short -medium and long term.

The TRS was launched in 2011 by the UK Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable MP with the support of six leading engineering companies (Siemens, Shell, Rolls Royce, EADS/Airbus, EDF Energy, BAE Systems).  TRS is now wholly employer-led and provides a nationwide platform catering for people at all stages of their careers and walks of life; Experienced, Apprentices, Graduates, Postgraduates and Undergraduates. Supported also by a growing array of professional organization, the web-based TRS platform represents a highly practical response to meeting the UK’s future Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) skills needs. 

TRS sponsors all use the scheme to source their STEM Graduate, Apprenticeship and Experienced professional talent. Sponsors and other supporting organisations are keen to ensure that universities encourage students - Undergraduate Graduate and Post Graduate to register their details on TRS where they can apply for jobs, internships and placements from companies and organisations that are part of the scheme. TRS sponsors are also leading a referral scheme whereby candidates they cannot immediately recruit are encouraged to register their details on TRS. This way TRS can capture and retain candidates who have shown an interest in working in STEM industries so that they are visible to other employers on the system (many of them SMEs) who might also be looking to recruit.

Richard Smith, engagement director for TRS explains the rationale behind this:

“Through this approach we will progressively retain people in one place and the
capability of growing a dedicated UK wide skills base for STEM/Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering. TRS sponsors are very keen, in addition to their individual relationship with universities, to build relationships with universities, their networks and communities attracting talent into TRS - with universities taking a leading role with their networks.“

Another key message that speakers at the event will convey is the importance of the TRS in helping to identify future skills requirements, which not only influence patterns of employment, but also the research and development focus of universities. The learnings from the TRS will thus help inform research agendas and lead to a better alignment of employees and employers needs.

As Smith comments:

“When we started this initiative with BIS and the six sponsoring companies, we knew that the initiative had a potential beyond just the value of matching supply and demand. It was clear that the scheme had the potential to shape industrial policy and also better alignment with the academic and vocational education systems, Today’s event, will hopefully be able to take this engagement to the next level.”

Speaker perspectives
Mike Jones, human resources director, Siemens Energy UK

“Siemens’ engagement with universities is a key element of our overall Talent Management strategy based around the attraction, development and retention of competencies aligned with our business needs  We regard our involvement with TRS and other sponsor companies as an important part of the delivery mechanism for our  business and people plans “.

Allan Cook, Chair of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, which led the development of the TRS, and Chairman of Atkins, Selex ES and Finmeccanica UK, said:

“I am delighted with the service TRS is providing and how employers in our sector plan to expand it further. The involvement of our latest sponsors - ECITB and British Glass - is a further boost for TRS, given their tremendous reach with companies across a wide range of industries including nuclear, oil & gas, construction and glass manufacturing. This will enhance the scheme, adding to the companies that have supported TRS since its launch in 2011.Many more companies and individuals will benefit from the exceptional access to talent that TRS offers. SMEs, students, apprentices and experienced engineers can all register at no cost – it’s a simple and effective way to see the career opportunities available in our most important and exciting industry. This is a win-win situation for employers, potential employees and the whole industry.”

Jeremy Holmes – Chief Operating Officer Universities UK said:

“Whilst the number of engineering and technology enrolments at university has grown by 30% in the last ten years, it’s not keeping pace with demand in the engineering sectors. That’s partly because many engineering graduates enter other careers once they leave higher education. TRS is a great way for employers in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors to engage with these graduates, and for universities themselves to ensure they’re fully in touch with the major employers.“

If you are interested in attending similar events in the future, please contact Richard Smith, Engagement Director:

Talent Retention taken to new levels

Posted on Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:36

Talent retention taken to new levels (BIS - Press Release)

The Rt Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP - Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (27th May 2013). Over 3,500 engineers, students and apprentices have already signed up to a flagship industry scheme designed to match engineering talent with new job opportunities, it has been announced today. The national web-based Talent Retention Solution (TRS) brings together specialists whose jobs may be at risk or people who want to work in engineering - with companies that are looking to recruit skilled staff to satisfy growth in their companies.

To read more please click here

ECITB Joins Forces with TRS

Posted on Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:39

ECITB Joins Forces with TRS

David Edwards, ECITB Chief Executive, said: “The ECITB welcomes the new web-based Talent Retention Solutions programme as an additional means of addressing the skills issues concerning many of our employers. The engineering construction industry is growing and the ECITB is working towards increasing the number of skilled workers. This initiative will be an invaluable tool for employers, providing them access to an instant pool of talented and ‘ready-to-go’ skilled engineers. Our engagement with TRS helps to secure a skilled workforce.”

To read more click here


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TRS is currently at various stages of working with over 40 universities; others are expected to participate and promote TRS throughout 2013.

TRS has a growing network of employers who will progressively be using TRS to advertise their graduate and internship vacancies to view and apply for.


TRS is a new industry approach to working with UK Further Education Colleges and employers to support and promote the recruitment and retention of skilled people into UK advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) jobs.
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