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Chemical Industries Association supports industry’s Drive to Retain Skills

Posted on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:41
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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 



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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