Vince Cable hails ‘eBay for engineers’ scheme

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AN INDUSTRY scheme described by Vince Cable, the business secretary, as an “eBay for engineers” expects the number of firms taking part to nearly double to more than 1,000 after attracting further sponsors.

The nationwide Talent Retention Solution (TRS) was set up to bring together specialists whose jobs may be at risk or people who want to work in engineering with firms that are looking to take on staff. The web-based initiative was launched in 2011 and has grown to include about 600 companies supporting sectors including aerospace, car production, electronics and energy. Participants include Airbus, BAE Systems and Nissan as well as a range of small and medium-sized businesses.

Backers of the TRS estimate that the number of firms registered to the scheme will nearly double with the addition of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board and British Glass as sponsors.

Their participation will immediately allow member companies access to the TRS, which is self-financing and managed by the private sector.

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, chairman of the Skills and Jobs Retention Group, which led the development of the TRS, and chairman of Atkins, Selex ES and Finmeccanica UK, said: “The involvement of our latest sponsors is a further boost for TRS, given their tremendous reach with companies across a wide range of industries.”