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‘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...

Nissan Sunderland Engineer and Maintenance Recruitment Event 06.10.2012

Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:14

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 Engineers and Maintenance Technicians with drive and commitment to thrive in a fast-moving environment. Nissan have an ongoing requirement for Experienced Engineers and Time Served Maintenance Technicians at their Sunderland plant and will be holding a recruitment event at the site (SR5 3NS) on Saturday 6th October 2012 between 9am – 1pm.

If you have an engineering or maintenance background and want to see what Manufacturing is all about while discovering more about Nissan and detailed information on what roles are on offer, then this event is for you. You will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the teams and find out what it is like to work for one of the world's most advanced motor manufacturers.

Nissan's ambition to succeed is driven by the passion and talents of their diverse teams. 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.

Jobs in Engineering is TRS's specialism

Posted on Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:44

Talent Retention Solution (TRS) is not just another recruitment agency for engineering jobs. TRS is an industry led initiative that provides specific, easy to use recruitment services to companies such as Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Nissan who have active vacancies or want to keep an eye on skilled individuals.


How can TRS help you if you are looking for a job in Engineering?

How it works:

By registering on the TRS system (which is totally free of charge, confidential and easy to use), you will be able to apply for hundreds of jobs across the AME sector. If the employer likes your profile, they will respond directly through the TRS system by email or phone. Of equal importance is that your profile will also be visible to all employers involved in the TRS programme (confidentially, unless you wish to be visible and attach your CV) so that they can also approach you directly at any stage.

Registration is simple and easy, but do take time over your personal profile and CV, which you can always revisit and amend at any time.


What do I have to do?

Registration is simple and easy, but do take time over your personal profile and CV, which you can always revisit and amend at any time. By joining the TRS community you can guarantee that you will be seen by high profile employers, so why not register now?

Farnborough International Airshow

Posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:28

(9th to 15th July 2012)

The TRS programme will be on Stand 19 in the ‘Innovation Zone’ at Farnborough.


Come and see us to learn more about why key corporates are sponsoring TRS and to find out more about Job Opportunities and Individuals wishing to work in the Advanced Manufacturing Sector.

The Farnborough International Airshow presents a unique opportunity for networking, business development and market intelligence for the global Advanced Engineering industries, most notably, Aerospace, Defence, Space and Security.

The Innovation Zone is the part of Farnborough 2012 where research and innovation providers can showcase their skills, services, products, technologies and capabilities to a truly international audience.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The TRS Team

TRS will be offering expert careers advice at the National Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition

Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:21

The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition Friday 27 & Saturday 28 April 2012 – FREE ENTRY

This month, the UK’s largest engineering recruitment event will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, where engineering professionals can meet face-to-face with a range of leading employers to discuss available roles across the engineering sector. Companies recruiting at the exhibition will include Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Siemens, GE Energy, Eaton Aerospace, Amec, Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson, Expro North Sea, Assystem, MG Motors, JCB, Air Products, Goodrich Eceps and James Walker & Co., amongst others.

As well as the chance to meet leading employers face-to-face, visitors will find a variety of advice features at the event, including expert career guidance from Winchester Consulting, Interview Workshops and one-to-one CV Assessments.

There will also be presentations by major engineering employers on their current projects and job opportunities, and at the Professional Development Hub the Engineering Council and leading professional institutions will be able to offer advice on professional development and institution membership. The Women in Engineering Forum will take place on Friday 27 April at midday offering an inspirational seminar for female engineers and networking lunch. The NEC is easy to reach by rail, road or air, located by Birmingham International Airport and Rail Station. Register online for free entry at

Geneva Motor Show concept to inspire new B-segment contender

Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:19
  • Dynamic new INVITATION concept unveiled at Geneva Motor Show
  • Inspiration for a production model allocated to Nissan Sunderland Plant
  • Major project investment by Nissan of £125m
  • £9.3m offer of support from UK Government Regional Growth Fund
  • Creates 2,000 new jobs across the UK automotive sector
  • Major recruitment activity launched for engineering and maintenance roles
  • Rolle, Switzerland, March 6, 2012 - Nissan has revealed a head-turning hatchback concept previewing the company's vision for an all-new compact car to be launched in 2013.

Called INVITATION, the dynamic concept car was unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show by Nissan Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer, who announced a production version will be launched at Nissan’s Sunderland Plant in the UK next year.

The model will be built alongside the highly popular Juke crossover and will compete within the core mainstream B-segment.

In addition to vehicle assembly – Sunderland will carry out axle production, cylinder head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly, representing an overall investment of £125 million by Nissan in the UK.

The project is also supported by a £9.3m investment grant offer from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund.

It is anticipated the new model will have an initial annual volume of around 100,000 units depending on market demand. This will help to cement Sunderland as the largest car plant in the UK – a position it has held for the last 14 years.

In 2011, the plant’s 25th Anniversary year, Sunderland set a new production record with more than 480,000 units rolling off the lines.

As well as playing a key role in Nissan’s market expansion within Europe, the new model will also have a significant benefit in terms of jobs with around 2,000 new posts created at Nissan and amongst its UK supplier base.

This includes 400 new Nissan hires at the Sunderland Plant increasing its overall workforce to around 6,000 – its highest ever.

Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: “This plant has a 20-year heritage in producing successful compact cars stretching back to the first Micra rolling off the line in 1992.

“I’m delighted that Sunderland has secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK Government and all of our regional partners and suppliers.

“The additional volume will maintain Sunderland as the country’s largest car plant and we expect and look forward to a very busy future.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building the new model in Sunderland. The investment is a boost for jobs at Nissan’s plant as well as the wider supply chain.

“This latest announcement highlights the UK’s track record of attracting inward investment. Global vehicle manufacturers are beating a path to the UK’s door. They recognise that the Government values the automotive sector.

“Nissan was able to push on with developing this latest project thanks to the Regional Growth Fund offer.”

Allan Cook CBE talks about his career and the Talent Retention Solution

Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:20 by DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter

Allen Cook CBE talks about his career and the Talent Retention SolutionAfter nearly 40 years in advanced manufacturing and engineering (AM&E), Allan Cook CBE has no career regrets. He’s worked for many of the biggest names in automotive, aerospace and defence industries on household name programmes such as Eurofighter. Now he is chairman of engineering and design consultancy WS Atkins and defence electronics company SELEX Galileo, among other high-profile corporate governance roles. And he’s a proud, passionate engineer.

“I wouldn’t change my career for anything,” Cook says. “If somebody turned around and said to me, ‘Start all over again’, I can’t see me doing anything differently. I might do it better, and I might do it faster, but I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

You might ask: aside from serving as a peerless advocate for engineering careers, what does a top engineer/senior executive have to do with recruitment and talent issues? In Cook’s case, plenty. Throughout his high-flying engineering career, Cook has seen firsthand the difference that top calibre talent makes to the sector — and what happens when a downturn forces significant talent out of a business.

So a major priority for him now as chairman of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering & Manufacturing (Semta) and the Skills and Jobs Retention Group is ensuring that AM&E interests in the UK retain their talent, as he tells Recruiter during a meeting in Atkins’s offices in London.

No discussion about the UK engineering sector today is complete without a reference to its dwindling pools of AM&E skills. Paradoxically, at the same time that major engineering employers such as BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the services have announced cutbacks in their workforces, other employers in the field have significant jobs to fill.

Following the autumn 2010 release of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, which outlined potential cutbacks of thousands of MoD and services personnel, as well as cuts to defence programmes, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) Vince Cable tapped Cook to lead an initiative and a working group to prevent erosion of the UK’s existing engineering skills and talent base. Concern was high that “the skills that had been so carefully nurtured over many, many years would actually be lost in this reduction due to market forces and fiscal constraints on spending, particularly in the defence area”, Cook explains.

In July 2011, on the back of a £450k investment by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), came the launch of the Talent Retention Solution (TRS). TRS is a web-based service that supports redeployment and recruitment across AM&E industries including aerospace, automotive, civil engineering, defence, energy, marine, manufacturing, nuclear, power generation and renewables. The website holds details of engineering staff at risk of redundancy, and engineering vacancies at other organisations.

A national service, TRS’s origins stemmed from a free online recruitment portal that had been created by the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium and Winchester Consulting for aerospace and defence businesses in the South-East. Winchester also built TRS.

As of last month, TRS is self-funded, through its major employer sponsors (see Key Facts, p28) and any participating company with 500 or more employees. Cook won’t say how much the major employers contribute to the service, allowing only: “It’s a very cost-effective solution. The fees you’re talking about, the recruitment for two or three engineers would cover the cost of the fee they would pay, and companies will willingly pay that sort of amount to become part of the scheme. Why wouldn’t they?” 

"My father was an engineer, and I’ve always been attracted by making things work or making things work better”

Starting the momentum

In late January, 352 companies had registered to use the system, which also had 719 registered candidates and 526 live vacancies. The number of employer subscriptions was about a third of the way to the 1,000 that the UKCES site reports was targeted for this point in time. “Have we made enough progress? No,” he says. “Are we continuing to make progress? Absolutely. The momentum is picking up.”

While professing to be “delighted with the progress we’ve made”, Cook says he would like to see TRS achieve greater profile in the marketplace, particularly among small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), those with fewer than 500 workers and for whom the service is free. Of the UK’s estimated 70,000 AM&E companies, Cook says “probably at least 50,000 of those employ 10 people or less”. Clearly, SMEs stand to benefit significantly through the no-cost involvement on offer and the reduced recruitment costs they can realise through the system.

“So anything we can do to encourage companies to register, to put their requirements on the database, to put people who are put at risk on the database will be a benefit for lots of organisations,” he says.

“Everybody wins,” he emphasises. “It’s one of these true success stories. It’s employer-driven — it has been designed, developed and implemented by industry. It’s a novel, innovative, successful approach.”

There are no figures yet available to gauge how many engineers have been redeployed through TRS. “Can we tell you the exact number? No, we can’t,” Cook acknowledges. “As the system gets more mature, then we will be able to do that because we will have built up a database that will tell us how many have actually been deployed in those areas.”

It is suggested to Cook that because technology develops today at lightning speed, the skills of engineers who are made redundant may be less valuable to businesses that seek to recruit for the ‘next generation’ engineering project. He vigorously rejects that notion. In industries such as aerospace and defence, he says, “there’s a long gestation period. The product cycles are long and extended. To develop a new aircraft, military or commercial, you’re talking about a five to 10-year cycle. To develop a new engine, you’re talking about a five, six or seven-year cycle”.

“So,” he continues, “the skills that are needed… are actually systems engineering, software development and also, basically, technician expertise. So those skill sets are still required. Technology moves on, absolutely. But the basics are very similar.”

Cook believes that up to “25 to 30%” of the talent to eventually be registered on TRS will be made up of MoD and services personnel who will lose their jobs some time in 2013. Already, however, TRS member companies, such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, have made arrangements to, respectively, work through TRS to match workers who stand to lose their jobs at one firm with available vacancies at the other.

This is what the programme is all about. “I know just how painful it is — one, to recruit the right calibre of talent that you need to survive and grow your business, and secondly… it is extremely painful to see people that you’ve nurtured, grown and developed being put at risk,” Cook says.

Key performance indicators aside, Cook says that the ultimate measurement of TRS’s success will be “client satisfaction”, when client companies can say that without the system, they would not be as successful as they are. “That’s the key to success,” he says.


Hard work, long hours, great opportunities and great people. You only get out of this what you’re prepared to put into it, and if you’re prepared to put into it everything that you’ve got and more, I think you get the benefit


Currently: Chairman of the Skills and Retention Group, the UK Trade & Investment’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board, Sector Skills Council for SEMTA

Also: Chairman of WS Atkins and SELEX Galileo, deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings), a member of the operating executive board of JF Lehman & Co

Previously: CEO, Cobham; senior roles at GEC-Marconi, BAE Systems, Hughes Aircraft

2008 Awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list


Talent Retention Solution sponsors are: BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Nissan, Siemens, EDF, Airbus

UK Commission for Employment and Skills investment: £450,000

Employer in-kind investment: £431,200

Registration is free to companies with less than 500 employees.

Secretary of State for BIS, Vince Cable, says: “The TRS provides a way for advanced manufacturing and engineering companies to recruit engineers quickly.”

Original article can be seen here on the Recruiter Website

Chemical Industries Association supports industry’s Drive to Retain Skills

Posted on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:41

At a time of hard-to-fill vacancies and what seems to be the perennial challenge of skills shortages industry have taken the lead through an initiative called the Talent Retention Solution (TRS). Initially funded by Government and entirely industry resourced from January 2012, TRS will play a major role in securing and retaining talent now and well into the future.

The TRS is a UK-wide industry funded programme which has the direct support of the Business Secretary, Vince Cable. It is focussed on the immediate and long term needs of the advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) industry including companies in the Chemical Industry who employ people with these skills. It is the first UK-wide programme of its kind to support the preservation and enhancement of our engineering and advanced manufacturing skills base by ensuring as far as possible, that vital skills are not lost to the industry or the UK economy.

Through a simple to use web based system, companies like BAE Systems and the MOD are using this approach
as a principal redeployment vehicle, to improve visibility of their people to other employers UK-wide seeking to recruit. Many companies with vacancies on the system are already receiving multiple “hits” as skilled people seeking employment continue to use the system. There have been success stories too which will be reported on in the New Year!

TRS has several key sponsors from companies across the aerospace, defence, automotive and energy based sectors: BAE Systems, Siemens, EDF Energy, Nissan, Rolls-Royce and Airbus with many more sponsors expected to sign up in early 2012.

TRS is looking to encourage more sponsor organisations to support those companies already resourcing the programme going forward. Wider industrial sector representation is particularly welcomed and involvement will enable full unlimited access to the system to both search for people and post vacancies. This not for profit approach will provide the service free of charge for companies employing 500 people or less; it is also free for individuals! TRS represents a most cost effective approach to support the recruitment and redeployment needs of employers.

The number of skilled people registering on the system and vacancies posted continue to grow, alongside the growing number of companies registering on a daily basis.

Please look at for further information and registration details. The Chemical Industries Association is very keen to promote this industry model to our members and will be working closely with the TRS team throughout 2012.

For further information, including requests for demonstrations, please contact Simon Marsh, Employment and Communications Director at the CIA 

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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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