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Graduates seeking media jobs ahead of engineering

Published: Friday, 06 August 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

University leavers looking for a graduate job in the engineering industry have been told that they may find it easier than some to secure a position.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Rachael Henderson, HR director at building services company Norland Managed Services, highlighted her frustration in terms of the low number of young people interested in an engineering career.

Instead, she noted that graduates are far more likely to seek a career in the media or in internet-related positions.

Ms Henderson told the publication: "We have an ageing workforce and in ten years' time, I really fear that the few technically qualified people around will be able to dictate any [employment] terms they wish as companies fight to recruit them.

"Trying to persuade the younger generation that technical professions can offer just as stimulating a career as the media or the dotcom industries is very difficult."

She added that one prospective candidate recently pulled out of an apprenticeship because they had to attend an audition for the television programme the X Factor.

Rob Scott, managing director of Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, recently explained that engineering companies were recruiting from outside of the UK because of a short supply of candidates in the UK.ADNFCR-1068-ID-800016162-ADNFCR

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