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TRS: advanced manufacturing and engineering careers

Engineering job opportunities

Prospect is working in partnership with the Talent Retention Solution to give members direct access to jobs and employers in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

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The TRS is industry's move to keep skilled people in UK jobs and create a vacancy platform for the advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) sector, including aerospace, automotive, civil engineering, defence, energy, marine, manufacturing, nuclear, power generation and renewables.

Prospect supports this new initiative and encourages members to take a look and register, whether you are:

  • interested in continuing a career in the AME sector
  • at risk of redundancy or in a redeployment situation
  • actively looking for a new job in the AME sector
  • not actively looking, but want to hear about and have access to job opportunities whenever they arise in the future.

TRS is free, supported by your union and backed by employers, trade associations and professional bodies. Please log in - at the top of the page - to find out how to register and get:

  • a platform to promote your skills and experience to employers throughout the UK
  • direct access to thousands of jobs all over the UK.

How it works

TRS websiteTRS is a not-for-profit, UK-wide platform supporting redeployment and recruitment. It links people with employers through a simple registration process.

Once your details are on the system, you will have access to thousands of jobs. Several hundred employers can also view your profile – without seeing your name unless you attach a CV.

Employers can get to know more about you only when you apply for a job or they express an interest in you and you decide to respond.

TRS is dedicated to the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector and the number of employers and people registering continues to grow.

"Prospect has agreed to promote the TRS and we are delighted they see this as a real benefit for members," said Richard Smith, engagement director at TRS.

"The scheme exists to support job security within the AME sector and, given the industry focus on talent retention, employers will progressively use it to source their talent in the future."

The online vacancy database system was designed with leading companies to help individuals promote their skills and experience to prospective employers.

Once registered, you have direct electronic access to a national pool of AME vacancies where you are able to manage your profile, applications and job search details. You can set up a variety of tools and alerts and the system will let you know when a vacancy matches what you are looking for.

Please log in - at the top of the page - to find out how to access TRS.

More about TRS

TRS has vacancies from over 500 companies across AME industries. The number is growing all the time, with high-level sponsors including major Prospect employers including the MOD, EDF Energy and BAE Systems plus other blue-chip companies like Rolls Royce, Airbus, Siemens and Nissan.

"We believe this will be a real boon to members in these sectors, whose careers in many organisations are fraught with uncertainty," said Sue Ferns, head of Prospect research. "The irony is that just as many people in these sectors are being laid off, other employers are in desperate need of their skills. SMEs in particular are using the TRS to look for much-needed talent.

"TRS offers a quick and easy way to find out what opportunities are available. Prospect is happy to recommend this scheme and we hope to add the facility to our growing portfolio of members' services."

After the government's strategic defence and security review in 2010, business secretary Vince Cable was concerned at the potential loss of skills to the economy and was keen to put in place a UK-wide platform dedicated to advanced manufacturing and engineering that would help mitigate the losses.

Launched in July 2011 with a grant from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, TRS is now funded by its major employer sponsors. Companies with fewer than 500 employees can join for free.

Government money was used to kick-start the programme which is now sponsored, supported and led by industry with other stakeholders including trade unions, trade associations and professional bodies.