BUSY TIMES AHEAD FOR NUCLEAR ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS SAYS LEADING RECRUITER
ATA Selection says youngsters should consider a career in nuclear engineering
There has never been a better time for youngsters to go nuclear, according to ATA one of the UK’s leading recruitment consultancy, specialising in the manufacturing and general engineering market, rail, construction and energy sector.
The company, which has a network of regional offices across the UK providing skilled permanent and contract workers of varying levels to companies ranging from SMEs to multinationals, is predicting a skills shortage within the nuclear sector over the next decade.
As the Government signals its intention to press ahead with the next generation of nuclear power stations, expert engineers and technicians will be at a premium.
For school leavers there has never been a better time to consider a university degree in nuclear power.
Gary Hewett, Managing Director for ATA Energy, said: “The Government has explicitly stated its desire to replace the UK’s existing nuclear power stations.
“As there has been little activity in the nuclear market in the last decade, there are a limited number of people with the skills to build and maintain these stations. This means that when the development of the next generation of stations gets underway, there will be a clamour for people able to cost, design, project manage, build and maintain such complex projects.
“There has seldom been a better time for people considering what to do at university to consider nuclear.”
ATA has 10 regional offices, from Glasgow to Slough, with more than 100 consultants who are experts both in specific markets and their regional marketplace.
The company matches candidates’ career aspirations with client expectations. Each candidate is interviewed by ATA Selection before being recommended to a client to ensure they are suitable. This approach positively impacts on those businesses striving to improve staff retention by ensuring that the right candidate is placed for each vacancy and can help ensure that those clients with a contract need secure staff for the duration of their projects.
ATA is currently expanding, both geographically, with the opening of new offices – most recently in Glasgow – and by entering new markets outside its current core strengths of engineering, rail, technical sales and construction.
The company has moved into the nuclear sector, is expanding in renewable energy, is targeting oil and gas in Scotland, and has plans to enter the aerospace and automotive markets.
Notes to editors
See Chancellor Alistair Darling’s comments reported in The Guardian, 3 July 2008, for an example of the Government’s commitment to nuclear power. The report can be viewed at www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jul/03/oil.alistairdarling
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