Some 27 per cent of all businesses in the UK are linked to engineering and accounts for 23 per cent of the UK’s total turnover. So why can’t we find the young people to fill vacancies in engineering? It may be that engineering is not seen as glamorous or as appealing as working on a computer or in the new digital industries which have sprung up around the internet-related boom.
At Auger, we are constantly looking for engineers to help develop our network of support for our insurer clients in drainage and water mains claims across the UK. In fact, engineering at Auger offers a career not just for a year or two but for the long-term. Our engineers receive technical training, on-the-job training – and learn how to work with their colleagues and the public as our customers. These are skills they will never forget. We are proud of our engineers. They are our ambassadors on the ground, and they are constantly being praised in feedback when a repair or project is complete. So why is it that young people with the level of qualifications required to enter engineering at various levels can’t be found? We are trying to remind them of how rewarding it can be, and we point them to our website where we have a number of current vacancies.
We invest time in developing their skills. Training includes assistant engineers being initially partnered in their area with two ‘buddies’ who are senior members of staff to look after them. This is supported by bespoke software tools and apps which allow staff to file information quickly and easily from wherever they are in the UK. Engineers also get the best tech and vehicles in the industry, and their colleagues aren’t bad either! Nicola Lyon, Head of Recruitment and People Development, Auger