National web-based Talent Retention Solution signs up over 3,500

31 May 2013 #SMMT News

Over 3,500 engineers, students and apprentices have already signed up to a flagship industry scheme designed to match engineering talent with new job opportunities.

The national web-based Talent Retention Solution (TRS) brings together specialists whose jobs may be at risk or people who want to work in engineering, with companies that are looking to recruit skilled staff to satisfy growth in their companies.

Since its launch in 2011, the scheme has grown to include over 600 companies of all sizes supporting a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy and construction. These include companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, BAE Systems and Siemens.

This number of companies on TRS is set to nearly double with the addition of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and British Glass as the latest sponsors of the scheme.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “What I like most about the TRS is how simple it is. It’s like an ‘eBay’ for engineers that matches vacancies with talent.

With successful manufacturers constantly telling me they struggle to recruit engineers, I hope the popularity of the TRS will encourage even more people to sign up – especially small businesses who can use it for free.”

Allan Cook, Chair of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, which led the development of the TRS, said, “I am delighted with the service TRS is providing and how employers in our sector plan to expand it further. The involvement of our latest sponsors – ECITB and British Glass – is a further boost for TRS, given their tremendous reach with companies across a wide range of industries including nuclear, oil & gas, construction and glass manufacturing. This will enhance the scheme, adding to the companies that have supported TRS since its launch in 2011.”

Companies seeking to recruit engineering talent or people interested in working in engineering and who want to find out more, visit the TRS website.

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