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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.