A strong economy depends upon manufacturing, engineering and technology industries. These sectors are fundamental to the future of the UK, and their success relies on the skills and commitment of their people. A lack of talent is becoming a crucial challenge to the rail sector and other engineering sectors, especially if we don’t get more people interested in working in the industry.
To help tackle the issue within the rail sector, NSAR and TRS launched NSAR-CONNECT (www.nsar-connect.co.uk), an innovative online placement service dedicated to retaining talent in the industry. The initiative enables the industry to join forces in a collaborative way to actively attract, redeploy and recruit talent where it is most needed. The TRS programme has been set up to promote the ‘attraction, development and retention’ of people and skills across UK manufacturing, engineering and technology industries.
Other sectors such as defence, aerospace and nuclear have followed NSAR’s initiative and a programme of cross sector collaboration now exists to maximise redeployment opportunities within the engineering and technology sectors in the UK.
At a recent meeting in the Houses of Parliament, Lord Willis of Knaresborough said: “NSAR Connect is a great opportunity to provide a dedicated platform to support early careers talent entering the industry and as a management, retaining and clearing house platform supporting a wider network of employers within your sector. For me it makes perfect sense in that this joins employers and key decision makers together to form a strategic partnership focused on delivery. “
Neil Robertson, NSAR CEO, said: “Working together with other key sectors to help free up the labour market and solve skills problems is important for our economy and NSAR will continue to develop viable solutions such as NSAR-CONNECT to support the industrial strategy”