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ACE wants more graduate engineering jobs

Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has called on MPs to look into skills shortages in the construction industry and to investigate the conduct of recruitment agencies in the sector.

ACE recently published a report, Skills Shortages and Recruitment Agency Behaviours, which points out the lack of high quality candidates applying for graduate engineering jobs.

"UK businesses need immediate help if we are to avert a future skills crisis. This is fundamentally about education, about the numbers of suitably qualified graduates being produced by our universities, and at present there simply aren't enough coming through the system," ACE chairman Michael Whitwell told onerec.com.

The report also criticised the behaviour of recruitment consultants in the sector which it claims can be unethical.

Whitwell said a larger number of graduate engineers would end the "aggressive recruitment practices that are damaging our industry".

Meanwhile a new electronics company opening in Galway, Belfast is set to create 120 graduate jobs in engineering and science.

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