Defence industry talents to be retained and re-deployed

Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by The Manufacturer

A new national web based system, Talent Retention Solution (TRS), will help match skilled employees facing redundancy with UK companies that are in need of experienced recruits.

According to the Government, the system will be easy to use and comes as a result of work undertaken by the Skills and Jobs Retention Group and the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (Semta).

Business and Semta are providing in kind funding for staff resources to support TRS implementation and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills have awarded £450,000 under the Employer Investment Fund. The system is business led and will be totally funded by business when it becomes fully operational in January next year.

Manufacturing and engineering companies which have already signed up to the system include Rolls Royce, Siemens, Nissan and Airbus. Supply chain companies will also be able to use the system for redeployment and recruitment.

Launching the TRS, Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk said: “The defence sector makes a substantial contribution to the country’s skills economy though high value jobs and as a key sponsor of apprenticeships and training. This easily accessible web based system will play a vital role in ensuring these skills are not lost by redeploying highly skilled workers into growing sectors of advanced manufacturing such as automotive, energy, infrastructure and aerospace.”