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'High demand' for graduate engineers in renewables sector

Published: Tuesday, 08 February 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Roles for graduate engineers may be opening up in the renewables sector of the economy, after it was announced that green manufacturing was booming.

In even better news for graduate engineers, it has been announced that there will be high demand for people in graduate roles because of a predicted skills shortage.

The impending cap on skilled migrants working in the UK could lead to an intense battle for talent in the country's thriving industry, according to Acre Resources.

Ben Cartland, associate at the specialist recruitment firm, described the sector as "buoyant" and said that specialist skills would be in high demand.

"The wider renewable sector is still buoyant, however with the cap on the number of highly skilled migrant workers being accepted into the country, I foresee the competition for experienced technical talent intensifying," he explained.

Mr Cartland suggested that demand for staff is likely to increase as more renewables production plants open around the country, but that it would be the manufacturing sector rather that environmental firms that supply the required staff.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills this week announced £2.5 million funding for a new academy designed to help develop a highly skilled green workforce.

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