Scheme extension 'to kick-start careers in engineering'

The extension of the Talent Retention Solution will help aspiring engineers to get their "big break" in the industry, according to Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Thanks to the expansion of the scheme, students now have the chance to be talent-spotted by some of the country's biggest engineering companies.

By signing up to the website they can match their skills and experience to job vacancies in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, and the Government hopes this will encourage them to pursue careers in these sectors, rather than others such as financial services where jobs are in greater supply.

Mr Cable praised the extension of the project, stating that businesses and the Government are continuing to work hard together to solve the current shortage of engineers in the country.

"I'm pleased that the scheme is being extended beyond those already established in the profession, to help engineering students and graduates get their big break," he said.

"By matching people with real jobs, we are ensuring there is a pipeline of talented engineers of all levels plugging the huge demand for a skilled workforce in the sectors at the forefront of driving our recovery."

The industry-led initiative, which is run in conjunction with over 500 registered companies, already has more than 2,200 people signed up to it.

International firms such as Siemens, Airbus and Nissan are on board, as are a host of medium and small engineering companies in the supply chain.

The latter often find themselves overlooked when graduates are looking for jobs, so by registering they too are benefiting, the Government suggests.

In addition to the extension, the Talent Retention Solution is also set to launch a new website that will be easier to use and aims to simplify the sign-up process.

The Government is hopeful that students will take full advantage of the opportunity to launch their career in the engineering and manufacturing sector, giving firms a new and experienced pool of talent to choose from when it comes to recruiting within their industry.

Copyright Press Association 2012