Engineering opportunities at national recruitment exhibition

According to a survey published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK firms are reporting strong demand for engineering and technology staff with over half of employers (53%) currently seeking new recruits.

The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition, taking place 22 and 23 April at Birmingham’s NEC, delivers a range of career opportunities and advice to skilled, qualified engineering and construction professionals and talented graduates.

Visitors to the event can meet face to face with industry-leading employers to discuss current job openings, as well as discover more about working with the companies from the team themselves.

Organisations exhibiting include High Speed Two (HS2), British Antarctic Survey, Highways England, Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems, Caribbean East Atlantic Company, QinetiQ and GE. Many of these will deliver presentations offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their current projects and career opportunities.

Visitors to the exhibition can also take advantage of advice and employment workshops designed to provide a career boost for highly experienced professionals as well as those just setting out on their career path.

For a helping hand on progressing onto the next career stage, experts at the Careers Advice Lounge will offer personalised one-to-one guidance. At the Interview Clinic, visitors will come away with an effective interview preparation check list as well as a refresher on how to tackle common interview questions.

Engineering and construction professionals can meet with representatives from the Engineering Council and key professional engineering institutions at the Professional Development Hub for advice on the benefits of professional registration.

The Women in Engineering Forum takes place on the first day of the show, offering women at all stages of their career the platform to share experiences, network with fellow female engineers and learn about exciting new developments within the industry.

Students from across the UK are invited to take part in the Engineering Challenge, enabling university teams to test their know-how, boost their CV and demonstrate technical knowledge and team working in front of recruiters.

John Hancock, managing director of Venture Marketing Group, organisers of the National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition, explained: “This show has bred some real success stories with visitors meeting and then winning jobs with engineering and construction organisations. It has also played a major part in introducing visitors to roles they may not have previously considered. Meeting face to face with exhibitors delivers a real insight into what opportunities they have to offer and what they are looking for in an ideal applicant.”