Back in October, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, top engineering companies and Government joined forces on the Talent Retention Solution (TRS) which was designed to help engineers facing redundancy link up to companies who are looking for engineering skills. The system - which is free to use for individuals and SMEs - is backed by Government and top companies like BAE Systems, Airbus, EADS, EdF, Siemens, NISSAN, Rolls-Royce, GKN, WS Atkins, as a way of retaining vital skills in the UK for the benefit of growing sectors in engineering such as aerospace, automotive, renewables, marine and nuclear.
Yesterday, Business Secretary Vince Cable met Allan Cook, Chairman of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, together with representatives from BAE Systems, Rolls- Royce and Nissan.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"I was pleased to hear today from Allan Cook and representatives of leading engineering companies about progress in the development of the Talent Retention Solution, which the government helped business to create. The TRS provides a way for advanced manufacturing and engineering companies to recruit engineers quickly.
"It supports UK economic growth by ensuring that sectors who are winning business and recruiting can secure vital engineering talent from companies that are in a different economic cycle. I encourage engineering firms to take advantage of this important opportunity to add to their skillsets, and particularly SMEs for who the service is free."
Allan Cook said: "I continue to be encouraged and delighted with the level of support for the TRS across all engineering sectors, from large, medium and small engineering firms to trade associations and the UNITE union. This is the first national system to support the redeployment and retention of engineering talent."
"It is very clear that there is real demand for engineering skills in the market which is reflected in the success of TRS. The system is already fully operational and working well. Many of the larger and medium sized engineering companies are actively engaged, but it is relevant to all companies in the supply chain with demand for engineering skills or where there is, unfortunately, a need to engage with companies where employee numbers are reducing due to market forces.
Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said: "Without the right skills the UK’s economy cannot prosper, so during the current economic climate it is more important than ever to work together to redeploy and retain talent in the UK."
"This tool helps link up those who have found themselves facing redundancy with top employers around the country who are desperately looking to recruit engineers. It’s good news for engineers looking for work, for companies looking to recruit and for the country as a whole as a way of retaining crucial skills needed to get the economy back on its feet."
The service is free for SMEs with employee numbers less than 500, so they can benefit from the system at no cost. For all companies interested in engineering recruitment, this is an opportunity not to be missed - for more details and to sign up to the TRS see the website:
The original article can be read on the Institute of Mechanical Engineers website here