Construction and engineering sector shows positive signs of growth as major organisations exhibit to recruit new personnel

Major organisations from the British engineering and construction industry have offered their strongest indication through their recruitment activities that the sector is making a comeback and needs more skilled professionals.

This comes just after November’s Review of Engineering Skills for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills by Prof. John Perkins highlighted the potential skills shortages in the sector.

The evidence comes from The National Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham where an impressive number of renowned companies were actively recruiting hundreds of engineers.

Many well-known names including Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Sellafield, Babcock Marine & Technology, Eaton, Ramboll, James Walker, FM Global, Safran Power UK, Hewden and CH2M Hill were among a vast range of world class engineering and construction businesses meeting graduates and experienced professionals looking for new opportunities.

Demand is so high that organisers have now scheduled an event to take place on 4th and 5th April 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Exhibitors praised the two-day event with positive feedback that sheds interesting light on the Perkins Review findings. Mike Bickford, Head of Resourcing at Network Rail said:

“We’ve met some incredible candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds” while Mark Ryan, Recruitment Manager at CH2M Hill commented; “We came with the belief that engineering is a scarce skill and have been pleasantly surprised by the number of engineers we have met who meet our requirements.”

Alison Woodward, HR Specialist at Meritor observed:

“We’ve been amazed by the number of people we have met and have discovered candidates we wouldn’t have normally if we hadn’t attended this event.”

John Hancock, Managing Director of Venture Marketing Group, which organises The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition, commented:

“Clearly the sector is thriving and we are attracting thousands of the right visitors for the exhibitors.

“The high level and number of organisations that exhibited this year confirms the positive attitude in the industry – not only about its growth and recovery but also where it is heading over the coming years.”

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