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& Engineering Careers


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.

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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.”

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TRS Finds New Commissioning Engineer for Fairfield

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:08

TRS Finds New Commissioning Engineer for Fairfield

Fairfield Control Systems Ltd is an SME based in Nottinghamshire, designing, developing and commissioning control systems for a broad spectrum of applications, including iconic projects for Tower Bridge; Wimbledon centre court retractable roof; The Palace of Westminster to mention only a few. 

Working within the high-tech, high value area of advanced manufacturing and engineering, Steve Fowles, the MD was an early user of TRS. He has found two excellent new employees so far, and is continuing to use it to further expand his workforce.  Pictured above is Steve with George Cassey, a Commissioning Engineer who is already establishing himself as a valued member of their team.

e2v Signs Up to TRS

Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:53

e2v Signs Up to TRS

We are delighted to announce that e2v has joined TRS and will be promoting their Experienced Hire, Graduate and Apprentice opportunities over the course of the next year.

e2v  is a leading global provider of technology solutions for high performance systems, covering two core technologies:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) and microwave products, sub-systems and solutions
  • Semiconductor-based products and solutions

Founded in 1947, e2v currently employs approximately 1600 people across operational facilities in Europe, US and Asia with annual sales of over £200m.  About a third of employees are engineers and scientists.

For more information about working for e2v, please click here

Rolls-Royce Plc Company Profile Page is now live on TRS

Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:51

Rolls-Royce Plc Company Profile Page is now live on TRS

We are pleased to announce that the Rolls-Royce company profile page is now live on TRS. Take a look to find out more about the different Rolls-Royce business areas, what is like working for rolls-Royce and to view their latest job opportunities.

To view the Rolls-Royce company profile page click here

Apprenticeship Programme - Bentley Motors

Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:30

Apprenticeship Programme - Bentley Motors

Our 2013 Apprenticeship vacancies will go live on 16 March to 13 May 2013 and a link to the specific vacancies will appear on this page at that time.

Apprentice Open Morning – Saturday 16 March 2013 – Drop in at our main reception in Pyms Lane, Crewe anytime between 10.30am and 1.00pm to find out more about our apprenticeship programmes. You will be able to talk to our apprentices, find out about working at Bentley and enjoy a tour of our Design Exhibition.

You do not need to book in advance and car parking will be available on our car park off Sunnybank Road.

Are you eager to learn?
Do you want a career with a leading, global organisation?
Do you want to pick up practical skills as well as enhance your interpersonal skills?
Do you want the opportunity to gain qualifications whilst earning?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then our apprentice programme is what you’re looking for.

Not sure which apprenticeship is for you?

Junior Engineer: You will be involved in the engineering and development of our cars. You could be based in Electrical Engineering, Body & Test Development or Whole Vehicle Engineering.  You will be learning key skills whilst studying for a Foundation or full degree.

Craft: Very practical based. Learn on-the-job skills such as woodworking, electrical systems or trimming parts with leather.

Technical: Practical based, but also requires elements of problem solving. You will be looking at better ways of working and finding solutions to problems.

Technicians: Combining craft and technical skills together. You could be working in maintenance where preventative work ensures the production line keeps moving.

Commercial: Interested in office based work? Do you like analysing information or solving IT problems A commercial apprenticeship in areas such as Finance or Information Systems might suit you.

Business: Helping to make sure we have the right people recruited into the business is really important. In this apprenticeship you will be working with the Personnel team to recruit future trainees. You will be carrying out administrative tasks such as diary appointments, co-ordinating events and using your organisational and planning skills. Your second and third year may be spent in Sales & Marketing or another administrative role.

No matter which apprenticeship you choose, you will be working towards either an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship which is recognised nationally. In addition we will ensure you have the technical skills you need through on-the-job training, and develop your interpersonal skills through workshops and team activities.

We offer a competitive salary which is reviewed on the anniversary of your start date each year during your apprenticeship. In addition you get 34 days holiday (including bank holidays), subsidised gym and restaurant facilities, a contributory pension scheme and access to our extremely competitive car lease scheme.

To find out more visit our Apprenticeship Programmes Q&A or see what our apprentices have to say in their profiles.

TRS offers possible lifeline to Honda workers

Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:17

Honda workers who face redundancy following the company’s statement today have a good chance of finding a job through the Talent Retention Solution.

The Talent Retention Solution, a recruitment scheme established to retain skilled technical personnel when large scale redundancies occur, has approached Honda to offer its services to the 800 workers who face redundancy.

The Swindon-based carmaker today announced that 800 jobs would be terminated as a result of very low demand in Europe, especially for the Civic and Jazz models.

Established in 2011 by the Skills and Jobs Retention Group from a proposal made by business secretary Vince Cable, the TRS is a UK-wide strategic platform to facilitate job hunting, often in volume, free of charge. More than 4,000 individuals and 720 companies have registered on the scheme to date.

Rolls-Royce, an early adopter and sponsor of TRS, has found 70 full-time employees though TRS since it started in late 2011.

Sponsored by Airbus, BAE Systems, EDF, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Siemens, at a cost of about £25,000 per company, the scheme works by matchmaking demand and supply of technically skilled people including engineers, often in large numbers, when a factory is closed or fast ramp-up is required when big contracts are confirmed.

It is understood that Nissan and BAE Systems used the TRS in tandem when BAE Systems announced it would close its Newcastle factory in 2012, and Nissan needed to recruit 200 engineering technicians.

Richard Smith, director of the TRS, has been in touch with Honda today and confirmed the service is open to Honda’s employees even though the company is not a sponsor. “It is perfectly free, it’s perfectly open and we hope Honda will take as much advantage of it as possible,” he said. “We want them on the system.”

“What Honda has to do is embrace it. We have asked to see them, in an hour we can explain to Honda how it works and their people can get their names up on the platform today.”

Among the 720 member companies, “hundreds” are small and medium sized companies and many of these will be in the Swindon area, Mr Smith added.

The TRS has recently started working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and MAS, the Manufacturing Advisory Service to identify people who are not recruited in a job vacancy to register to the scheme.

“The TRS is trying to grow the UK skills base by attracting skills who would be lost to our industry without intervention when large scale job losses occur,” Smith added.

For more on the Talent Retention Solution visit

Will Stirling

‘Students to be talent spotted for Engineering Careers’

Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:05

‘Students to be talent spotted for Engineering Careers

 Budding engineers now have the chance to be talent spotted by some of the country’s biggest and most innovative engineering companies thanks to the extension of an industry-led scheme. The announcement will be made today by Business Secretary Vince Cable in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry.

The extension of the Talent Retention Solution (TRS) now means that students can sign-up to match their skills and experience to job vacancies in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. This will help to encourage them to pursue careers in these sectors, rather than elsewhere.

Speaking ahead of the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference, Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“Business and government are working hard together to solve the current shortage of engineers. The talent retention solution put in place by industry is an important part of helping to fix this by making sure the skills and experience of our engineers are not lost to other sectors such as financial services where jobs are in greater supply.

“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.”

The Talent Retention Solution is an industry-led initiative and already has more than 2200 people signed up. It is hoped that students will take advantage of the chance to start their career in the engineering and manufacturing sector, and firms will be able to bring new and experienced talent to their industry for years to come.

Chair of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group Allan Cook the Chairman of Atkins and Finmeccanica UK said:

"I continue to be encouraged and delighted with the excellent support for TRS across all engineering sectors. This is the first national system to support the redeployment and retention of engineering talent. The national scheme is completely self-funded and managed by industry.

“It is very clear that there is real demand for engineering skills in the market which is reflected in the success of TRS. The scheme has now been expanded to allow students to register and I hope that this enhancement will show that engineering can be a truly rewarding career. The ease of use and lack of red tape has an immediate benefit for small and medium firms, helping them to connect with the talent graduating from our world leading universities.”

More than 500 companies are registered with the scheme, from international firms like Siemens, Airbus and Nissan to medium and small engineering companies in the supply chain which are often overlooked when graduates are looking for jobs.

In the coming weeks, the Talent Retention Solution will also be launching a new website, which will be much easier to use and make it even simpler for companies, individuals and students to sign up.

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Nissan Graduate Event: 28 November 2012

Posted on Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:20


Nissan have 2,000 cars rolling off the production line every day, and a lithium-ion battery plant at the cutting-edge of modern technology. They’re driving forward next generation car solutions and developing some of the most advanced clean room technology around – at a super-fast pace.

To meet their ambitious growth targets, Nissan need highly motivated Graduates & Placement students with drive and commitment to thrive in a fast-moving environment. Nissan have begun recruitment for the 2013 Graduate/Placement intake and will be hosting an event at their Sunderland plant (SR5 3NS) on Wednesday 28th November between 10am – 4pm.

If you have a degree, are interested in a career in manufacturing, want to find out more about Nissan and see in detail what roles are on offer, then this event is for you. You will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the teams, recent Graduates, current Placement students and find out what it is like to work for one of the worlds most advanced motor manufacturers.

Nissan's ambition to succeed is driven by the passion and talents of their diverse team. Nissan offers a strong career development plan to help employees achieve their goals and reach their career aspirations. They provide ample opportunities for individuals to work on their own initiative as well as cross-functionally and within an international environment. Now is an exciting time for you to join the team and take control of your career.

Current Nissan vacancies can be seen here

Rolls-Royce Electrical Power and Control Systems Recruitment Evening

Posted on Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:46

Thursday 8th November 2012.  5.00pm to 9.30pm.
Rolls-Royce, Derby.  By individual invitation only

Rolls-Royce Electrical Power and Control Systems (EPACS) is a global engineering team that provides People, Processes, Tools and Technologies to support the ambitions of our Aerospace, Energy and Marine sectors for new advanced electrical, control and software system technologies. 

We are investing several million pounds each year to grow and develop this global engineering team, supporting the development of new and innovative technologies for the business.  EPACS exploits technologies by developing once and using many times using a global network of Universities, laboratories and design centres.  In order to provide integrated competitive technologies, world-leading systems, processes and tools, we need an agile and global engineering team that can think differently, operate in a global environment and enjoys working in several transport and energy sectors.

Consequently, we are holding a Recruitment Evening to attract people that can contribute to this dynamic and exciting team.  Would you enjoy the challenge of working with professional engineers across multi-disciplinary teams, providing system level solutions to enable Rolls-Royce to continue its widely acclaimed delivery of power systems into multiple market sectors?

We are currently recruiting capable engineers in electrical, control systems and software based roles that can design and deliver systems that will keep Rolls-Royce in its place at the forefront of power systems engineering.  Can you identify yourself in any of the roles outlined on the following pages?  If so, we would like to invite you to an introductory evening where you can find out more about Rolls-Royce and EPACS, and we can find out more about you.  Our recruitment is UK based, with openings at our Derby and Bristol operating plants.

Within the informal setting of our Heritage Exhibition, you can meet members of our engineering and leadership team, discuss potential career aspirations, opportunities and see some of the exciting products that Rolls-Royce delivers and has delivered for the last hundred years.  Our local leadership team will present a brief overview of the EPACS organisation and purpose and then be on hand for informal discussions.  If you are successful in a short (15 minute) interview, you will be invited to take part in a follow-on interview at a later date to explore roles and opportunities more fully.

To Register Your Interest please submit your CV through this website.  (If you are not already registered on this site, you will need to create a personal profile.) If your CV shows us that you could fit into our team, you will receive an e-mail by Friday 19th October, inviting you to attend our Recruitment Evening.    We look forward to meeting you and helping you to help Rolls-Royce to continue to develop its world class power systems business across all our operating sectors.

Are you interested in Engineering Opportunities within Electrical Power and Control Systems...?

Rolls-Royce is a global business providing power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air. The Group has a balanced business portfolio with leading positions in the civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy markets. We invest in technology and capabilities that can be applied to products and services in each of the global markets we serve.

Due to our success and growth exciting new opportunities now exist in our Electrical Power and Control Systems (EPACS) group, covering the general disciplines of electrical systems, software, equipment health monitoring, project management and control systems engineering.  Substantial components of our business are characterised by electrical, control system and software development, and our team is driving standards and technologies to improve our world class standing in this arena. The EPACS organisation is building capability in analysing, developing and implementing new power system technologies and products for customers across all of our sectors.

Consequently a number of vacancies exist across a range of engineering disciplines relating to the development of such power systems.  These vacancies offer exciting challenges and opportunities for an ambitious individual with relevant qualifications.

Can you represent EPACS on internal initiatives and at appropriate external forums? Would you be interested in a role that demands flexibility to operate across aerospace, marine and energy applications with an innovative approach?  Can you work with embryonic technologies as we do through our Rolls-Royce sponsored University Technology Centres? 

Are you interested in any of the following roles?

Control Systems Architects

Electrical Engineers, Electrical Machine Engineers, Power Electronic Engineers

Project Managers

Software Intensive Systems Engineers

Then read more 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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