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“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.

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:


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:

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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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