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EEF and TRS announce partnership agreement at TRS Parliamentary reception October 2013

Posted on Mon, 7 Oct 2013 00:00

EEF and TRS announce partnership agreement at TRS Parliamentary reception October 2013

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.”

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


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

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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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