UK initiative offers something of a cross between an online matchmaker and an engineering careers site.
If only job hunting were as easy as Cyber Monday online shopping. And as satisfying. Well, it seems wishes can come true after all, with a new website in the UK looking to make it that way.
The site, part of an initiative called Talent Retention Solution (TRS), has already been called an “eBay for talent” by the BBC and seems to be something of a cross between an online matchmaker and engineering careers site, suiting up prospective employees to employers based on matching skills and experience.
It's much like most other engineering job sites, really. Except this initiative is supported by manufacturing bigwigs like BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Nissan.
It’s also being actively plugged by the British Royal Academy of Engineering and the UK’s Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Speaking at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry, Cable is reported to have said there is a "clear and growing demand in British companies for specialist technical skills." Sounds pretty familiar even here across the pond.
Cable added that he is frequently approached by large manufacturing companies complaining about looming shortages of skilled engineers. “It is one of my major priorities as business secretary to address this problem,” he said.
As well as seasoned engineers with years of experience, TRS is also open to students, helping new grads get jobs, regardless of a lack of work experience.
"The industry group see this as an important move towards supporting young people into engineering and manufacturing jobs and will be progressively using TRS to source new and experienced talent in the years to come," said Cable.
Whether the scheme pays off or not remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see the British government taking an interest and making an effort. Do you think we could use more of that in the U.S?