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Women in STEM - are you in or out?

Posted on Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:41

Women in STEM - are you in or out?


Organisations come together to promote gender diversity in engineering, science and manufacturing

Professional organisations and engineering/STEM employers are coming together today (Monday, 30 June) to address the poor representation of women in engineering, science and manufacturing.  Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE. The Rt.Hon The Lord Mayor of London will address delegates at the half-day Women in STEM Conference organised by Prospect and not-for profit organisations Talent Retention Solution (TRS), Women in Manufacturing and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers estimates that less than 7% of the 2.3 million engineers employed in the UK are female. At the same time, the UK faces a considerable skills gap in meeting the requirement for the estimated 2 million engineers required over the next decade (Source: Engineering UK). To help meet the future needs of the UK’s economy it is imperative that all available resources are mobilised, which includes women currently qualified as engineers or scientists and those aspiring to be engineers/STEM professionals. Today’s  event has been developed to bring together the many voices, organisations and initiatives keen to address the gender imbalance and find ways to tap into this huge talent pool to meet the UK’s requirements for a skilled workforce especially in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.


Commenting on the event, Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE said:

“In answer to the question posed by today’s conference, I am most certainly IN!  I am proud to be the second female Lord Mayor in over 800 years....and I am proud to be a ‘woman in STEM”. 

The half day event incorporates a range of speakers and panel discussions from private and public sectors, including Dr Angela Gallop, Chief Executive of Forensic Access and Axiom International ltd, Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Business and Innovation and Skills, and Fiona Jackson Head of Strategic Resourcing at EDF Energy. Danni Turnbull and Charley Hurley from the newly launched Women in Manufacturing in6iitaitive, will present the interim findings of a national survey focused on women returners, and Meg Munn MP for Sheffield Heeley will lead roundtable discussions with panelists Dawn Bonfield from WES; Sue Ferns from Prospect; and Richard Smith from TRS.

“Events like this help us to raise awareness of these key issues facing the economy and society.  To help the UK stay competitive we need to tap into all available talent and female engineers/STEM professionals have a key role to play,” said Richard Smith, Engagement Director for the Talent Retention Solution, the national skills and careers platform representing Manufacturing and Engineering sectors.

 

Attendees will be encouraged to network, share experiences and explore ways to work together to address these key issues affecting the UK economy.  

"Service Leavers": Your Economy Needs You!

Posted on Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:04

"Service Leavers": Your Economy Needs You! 

"Service Leavers": Your Economy Needs You! event at the Royal Academy of Engineering was organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board in association with the Talent Retention Solution. To read more click here

Retaining Talent Safeguarding Skills

Posted on Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27

Retaining Talent Safeguarding Skills

TRS is the first UK wide platform dedicated to “Safeguarding Skills” across the engineering and manufacturing industry using one national system. The EEF through their partnership with TRS is promoting the service to their members read-more on page 15 of the EEF Insights

“TRS: Britain’s Got Talent”

Posted on Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:22

“TRS: Britain’s Got Talent”  

With the gradual ending of Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, soldiers returning home are able to find employment through the scheme, which works closely with numerous partners who help them adjust to civilian life.

“There are numerous charities helping to make that happen. The scheme is also working with companies such as Siemens and EDF Energy, as well as the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board. To read more click here

Your economy needs you!

Posted on Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:37

Your economy needs you!

Service leavers tap into engineering and construction careers

Members of the Armed Forces are being recruited for new careers in engineering and construction to tackle the skills shortages in these vital industries. Around 300 service leavers from the Army, Navy and Air Force will get targeted support to help their transition into civilian careers.  They will meet potential employers and be given practical advice and support to develop careers in sectors that can benefit from the many transferable skills that they have.  The help will be offered at a special event today (Thursday 5 June), organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) in conjunction with the Talent Retention Solution (TRS) and the MOD funded Career Transition Partnership (CTP).  

Engineering UK estimates that around 1.5 million employees will be will be required over the next ten years to meet the UK’s needs in core areas such as energy, transport and housing infrastructure.  For service leavers this requirement represents a promising opportunity for future careers.    

Business Minister Lord Younger said:

“Events like this help us to address the skills shortage facing industry and provide support to those who have served with our Armed Forces and are looking for fulfilling promising civilian careers. The UK has a strong competitive edge in construction through our world-class expertise in architecture, design and engineering and we need more people with the qualities and skills required.” 

The two-part day consists of a “meet the employer” event at the Royal Academy of Engineering, followed by an evening reception at the House of Commons hosted by Lord Willis of Knaresborough. The theme of the reception is ‘Supporting ex-service personnel into the Engineering and Construction Industry.’ Business Minister Lord Younger will deliver the key note address. 

The event has been developed to help address the UK’s requirements for a skilled workforce, especially for the engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors. Today’s event, one of many similar initiatives planned by the ECITB and partner organisations like the TRS and CTP, will play a key role in unlocking these opportunities for service leavers. The ECITB has brought together around 30 of its major members as part of its work to facilitate the transition of skilled personnel from the services and defence industries into the engineering construction industry (ECI). The ECI is  cross-sectoral and is an important part of several industrial strategies, oil & gas, nuclear, renewables as well as the wider energy and processing industries. The skills of the ECI are portable across sectors and the UK is a world leader in engineering project design and execution, with many global projects designed and managed by UK ECITB members. The ECITB, which is sponsoring today’s event sees a huge value in targeted initiatives, such as this one in bringing together potential employers and employees.  In fact the ECITB is well placed to act as a facilitator between the two. Working on behalf of around 400 companies as the statutory training and standard setting body for the engineering and construction industries, the ECITB offers accredited training, including  apprenticeships, advice and tailored services to meet the needs of a wide range of employees, including service leavers. These services will be especially valuable in facilitating transition into civilian careers. David Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of the ECITB said:  “This is a huge opportunity for engineering and construction employers. Service leavers are well trained, committed and highly capable employees with a wide range of transferrable skills. With the right kind of redeployment support and training the transition to relevant and fulfilling civilian careers can be highly successful.  These skills are in big demand by many organisations. The ECITB is delighted to b able to assist this process.”

Attendees will be encouraged to network with companies represented at the event and find out what kind of steps they may need to take. The TRS team will be on hand with a tablet-based live version of its national career database, allowing service attendees to engage with the system and become visible as potential employees on the day.  

 

Women in STEM are you in or out?

Posted on Thu, 29 May 2014 12:58

Women in STEM are you in or out?

 

Engineering and STEM is at the heart of the UKs economic future and the UK is currently acknowledged as a world leader in several key sectors. To maintain this leadership requires an ongoing pipeline of talent drawn from all parts of society. Women engineers and related STEM professionals who have left the sector, but who could return, have a key role to play.

This survey is focused on obtaining a picture of this latent talent pool. We are keen to understand more about the employment situation of women who have obtained an engineering or related STEM qualification (science, technology, engineering and maths) and how the industry can attract these women back into the workforce.

This questionnaire can be completed by any woman with a STEM qualification in engineering, applied science, IT or maths. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/womeninSTEMinorout


Initial results from the questionnaire will be available in June 2014 on the websites of our partners listed below and the final report will be published in the Autumn of 2014.

Nissan Renew Membership of TRS

Posted on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00

Nissan Renew Membership of TRS

TRS is pleased to announve that our member company Nissan has renewed their membership.

To visit Nissan microsite on TRS, please click here

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:

Finmeccanica: http://www.finmeccanica.co.uk/

Selex ES: http://www.selex-es.com/

Augusta Westland: http://www.agustawestland.com/

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UNIVERSITIES

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.

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