TRS Supporters

TRS Supporters

Lord Willis

CHAIR, TRS MEMBERS GROUP

“Governments have dedicated millions to creating vehicles for recruiting the skilled people industry needs, but no-one has really thought that retaining them is every bit as important. TRS came up with the solution. They have a platform that’s flexible and fast moving and can be adapted for the needs of different organisations. The beauty of the TRS model is that it’s led by employers and owned by them. There’s no bureaucracy getting in the way.

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Neil Franklin

HEAD OF SKILLS INTELLIGENCE, NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMY FOR RAIL

“A major employer in the rail industry can attract thousands of applicants for apprenticeship opportunities but may only have places for a hundred. Wouldn’t it be good if those surplus candidates could be shared with the rest of the industry? That was the simple start point for our first
conversation with TRS.

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Beccy Pleasant

HEAD OF SKILLS AND TALENT, NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AGENCY

“We first worked with TRS when Magnox needed to start downsizing its organisation as operations finished at different sites. We needed a platform for sharing those people within the NDA estate community and also with selected partner organisations, so that skilled individuals we’d trained and developed could continue to add value in the nuclear industry, via controlled and managed exit routes.

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Stephen Tetlow

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

“We’re very keen to remain engaged with TRS and have been a supporter right from the start. The TRS team has enormous energy, enthusiasm and staying power and that’s fundamental to promoting the
engineering skills agenda.

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Helene Glasspool

INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT YEAR LEAD, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE ENVIRONMENT, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

“With the pool of students getting bigger, so the demand for placements that act as the transition between study and the workplace is increasing. There are plenty of websites offering placements but they’re not particularly focused on engineering. Having a website that we can recommend to students as the place to go will save them real time and effort.

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Professor John Perkins

CBE, FRENG

“TRS has the potential to be the national system for the husbandry of engineering talent in the UK. They can provide a one-stop shop that extends from placements for graduates through to careers advice and employment opportunities, and they are offering these services to the entire engineering community. That’s what attracted me to TRS and it’s why I chair the Higher and Further Education Group.

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Chris Buxton

CEO, BRITISH FLUID POWER ASSOCIATION

“One never-ending challenge in the UK engineering sector is the shortage of skilled and qualified people. The recruitment platform provided by TRS is of a huge benefit to industry and has helped many organisations facing restructuring and redundancies. More broadly than that, TRS are raising the profile of the whole skills agenda, not just across industry but across government too.

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Teresa Frith

SENIOR SKILLS POLICY MANAGER, ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES

“What our members value about the TRS website is that it brings together in one place apprenticeships that are specifically STEM-related. Rather than separately research opportunities in the automotive industry or aerospace or healthcare, you can find them all on one site. That also helps show young people how skills that they develop in one industry they can take and use in another. Engineering opens up possibilities in so many sectors and the TRS website captures that breadth.

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Iain Snape

OPERATIONS MANAGER, HR SHARED SERVICES, ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

“Our relationship with TRS goes right back to its origins, assisting with the creation of a platform for matching displaced employees in advanced manufacturing and engineering companies to vacancies within the sector. That platform evolved and in 2014, when Rolls-Royce was downsizing its global workforce by 2,600, TRS developed a bespoke version to track and coordinate the redeployment of these employees across growth sectors of our business.

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Captain Mike Rose RN

DEFENCE ENGINEERING CHAMPION – TEAM LEADER, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

“I see real strategic potential in both the current and emerging capabilities that TRS as a platform could provide to the MoD, as an integral part of the suite of tools currently used in the recruitment of our engineers and technicians. The TRS talent redeployment capability, for example, has real merit, and the apprenticeship clearing house and engineering graduate platform, Talentview, are worth detailed investigation given the national skills challenge and the fact that theMoD employs some 55,000 engineers and technicians across its Armed Forces and Civil Service.

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Stephen Isherwood

Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters

“We’ve been sharing ideas and working together with TRS for several years. The graduate platform they’re developing has real potential and should make the recruitment market work better for both employers and students. The fact TRS is a not-for-profit, government supported, industry-wide organisation sets it apart from commercial enterprises. They can be part of a broader initiative, tackling the whole resourcing agenda and opening up a wider debate. That’s got to be good.”

Paul Schofield

HEAD OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, BAE SYSTEMS PLC

“Large organisations like BAE Systems have a duty to promote and support the transfer of STEM skills and knowledge within UK plc, and that’s what the solutions provided by TRS enable. Those solutions are especially valuable for the supply chain of SMEs who don’t have the resources of major employers.

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