As figures are released for the UK showing a 0.4 per cent rise in manufacturing output between May and June, its fastest increase since October 2007, along with a seemingly increased confidence across Europe according to a recent KPMG survey it would appear that the sector is beginning to turn a corner.
With this increased confidence in the sector the debate regarding a skill shortage within manufacturing is sure to be not too far away. For years it has been reported that the manufacturing industry has experienced a skill shortage and only been accentuated by a shortage of suitably qualified graduates looking to enter the sector.
However Discovery Graduates, a Graduate Engineering Recruitment Specialist, has seen a recent jump in activity within the sector with companies realising that in order to maintain a competitive advantage they must invest in the recruitment, training and development of Graduate Talent. Discovery are working with companies to promote the opportunities on offer, identify the right candidates to add value to the business but most importantly working with the client and successful graduate to train, develop and progress them through the business.
One such example is Hayward Tyler, an international business involved in the design, manufacture and repair of fluid-filled electric motors and pumps for the energy industries including oil and gas and renewables. The business has previously recruited graduates with a ‘less structured approach’ but identified the need to ensure the cohesive and consistent training and mentoring to accelerate the graduates’ development and minimise the risk of attrition. Likewise Hayward Tyler realized the importance of attracting the right calibre of individual into the business even though they may not be the most recognisable brand.
Discovery worked with Hayward Tyler in order to identify areas in the business where a graduate could fill a skill shortage and created a dedicated campaign to recruit 3 Graduate Engineers. The candidates will then be enrolled onto the Discovery ‘Open Graduate Programme’ to ensure that alongside their technical development the candidates develop core interpersonal and business skills to become future leaders within the business.