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UK Launches Talent Retention Solution

Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:17 by Loren Adams for Staffing Talk

The Talent Retention Solution (TRS), the UK’s new job retention initiative, features the most concise websiteI’ve ever seen considering the program’s stated mission.

TRS is a Web-based national system which was developed following the publication of Great Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). That review has apparently made a great many of the defence sector’s engineers redundant.

The idea behind TRS is, in effect, to keep top talent within the UK.

The website is the basis for forming a pool of the skilled engineers coming from the defence industry. That pool will be available to UK employers who are struggling to fill demand for advanced manufacturing and engineering professionals.

Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise, officially launched TRS on July 13.

“The defence sector makes a substantial contribution to the country’s skills economy through high value jobs and as a key sponsor of apprenticeships and training,” Prisk said. “This easily accessible Web-based system will play a vital role in ensuring that these skills are not lost by redeploying highly skilled workers into growing sectors of advanced manufacturing such as automotive, energy, infrastructure and aerospace.”

The TRS launch is the result of work done by the Skills and Jobs Retention Group (SJRG). The group is chaired by Allan Cook, the current chairman of SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies).

Support for the implementation of TRS comes from SEMTA and from private British businesses who are providing in-kind funding for staff resources. In addition, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) donated £450,000 (US $725,000). TRS will be completely funded by business beginning in January 2010.

For now, the main recruits for TRS come from the British defence industry. Manufacturing and engineering recruiters include Rolls Royce, Siemens, Nissan and Airbus.

According to the SEMTA website, the plan is to “expand the scope of the system so that it can redeploy skilled employees from across the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors and will be an important tool in situations where large scale redundancies are occurring.”

Original Feature appeared in Staffing Talk and can be viewed here.

UK - Government Launch New Talent Retention Solution

Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:13 by Staffing Industry Analysists

A new national web based system, Talent Retention Solution (TRS), will help match skilled employees facing redundancy to UK companies in growing sectors of advanced manufacturing and engineering who are recruiting, Minister for Business, Mark Prisk, has announced.

The easy to use system comes as a result of work undertaken by the Skills and Jobs Retention Group (SJRG) and Semta (the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) to support defence engineers who may be struggling to find work in today's difficult economic climate.

Business and Semta are providing in kind funding for staff resources to support TRS implementation and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have awarded 450,000 Pounds under the Employer Investment Fund. The system is business-led and will be fully funded by business from January 2012.

Following a short implementation phase, TRS will become fully operational by January 2012, when it is expected that over 1,500 employers across the UK will have signed up to the system, ranging from large organisations in each sector to the smallest SMEs. The system will provide live data broken down by skills and geography.

Manufacturing and engineering companies, which have already signed up to the system and are recruiting over the coming year, include Rolls Royce (1,000), Siemens (500), Nissan (200) and Airbus (600). Supply chain companies will also be able to use the system for redeployment and recruitment.

Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk, commented "the defence sector makes a substantial contribution to the country's skills economy through high value jobs and as a key sponsor of apprenticeships and training. This easily accessible web-based system will play a vital role in ensuring that these skills are not lost by redeploying highly skilled workers into growing sectors of advanced manufacturing such as automotive, energy, infrastructure and aerospace."

Allan Cook, Chairman of Semta and the SJRG, said "the UK operates in a competitive international market. Success in these markets is dependent upon providing the best products, services and solutions for their clients. We rely totally on highly skilled staff to design, develop and produce these products and services. It is imperative for future success and economic growth that we do all that we can to retain, recruit and motivate our employees within the advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors."

"This new web-based talent retention system will assist businesses in the high growth engineering and manufacturing sector to recruit the staff they need to compete successfully in the international market."

At present the demand for skilled engineers far exceeds supply. TRS will complement existing commercial recruitment activity by creating a talent pool of skilled defence employees who need redeployment. The intention is to then expand the scope of the system so that it can redeploy skilled employees from across the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors and will be an important tool in situations where large scale redundancies are occurring.

Original Article Appeared on Staffing Industry Analysists and can be seen here.

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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.

FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES

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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