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The global workforce is rapidly ageing and the number of people aged 50 and over in the labour market is increasing. Demographic changes bring about a dramatic effect upon the labour market and as people are living longer extending working life has become a priority.

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New Leadership Expectations for 2016 “Connect Then Lead”

“Leadership is not something that anyone can give you—you have to earn it and claim it for yourself. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

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Work Life Balance for 2016

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive and tasks are completed more efficiently — and are of higher quality. However, one in three full-time employees in some of the world’s largest economies say maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become more difficult in the last five years. Overwork creates huge surges of adrenaline, which floods the body and taxes every physical function.

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Workplace Trends for 2016

Companies will need to offer less traditional methods of working and adapt to a more flexible approach in order to attract and retain their best talent. Organisations in the coming years will have to compete for the best workers and will have to be more sensitive to the preferences of existing and potential employees - work flexibility includes “the ability to choose how, when and where to work. Flexibility in the workplace will become more important especially for older workers.

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‘Battle for Talent is Global - 2016’

Globally, today, we are at a point where employees are more educated than ever, but still crucial skills are lacking! Lack of technical skills and lack of experience are cited as two of the top three reasons employers cannot fill jobs due to a shortage of talent.

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Core Cities 2016

The Core Cities have a strong pool of highly skilled workers and compare well with their European rivals on the number of graduates they can draw from, however when compared to Germany and France our cities are not nearly as innovative as they could be. More must be done to encourage businesses to innovate, so that our cities can be global players in the ‘knowledge industries’ of the future.

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'Workplace Reality WFH 2016'

Working from home is today’s modern shorthand. Employees who work at home are more likely to work in excess of their contracted hours and would opt to work from home over a pay rise. Creating a flexible working environment that helps employees grow and develop is an ongoing process.

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What Does Workforce 2020 Mean?

Demographic shifts and technological advances are radically transforming how, where, and why we work. As new generations of professionals enter the global workforce they bring with them not only fresh ideas but new expectations. So are we really fully prepared for the workforce of the future?

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UK Hotspots 2016

Hull City of Culture 2017 – will bring thousands of jobs ‘Start of the Future for Hull’. Hull is on the cusp of social and economic change as this award is worth an estimated £60m to the city, the coveted title will help deliver the £190m ten-year City Plan outlined by Hull City Council to create 7,500 jobs.

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Effects of a shrinking workforce population

According to research, industry experts predict that more than 86 million millennials will be in the workplace by 2020—representing a full 40% of the total working population; millennials.

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Michael Leach Wins Apprentice of the Year Award at Renewable Energy Event Liverpool

Michael Leach, one of the apprentices taken on as part of the Pen y Cymoedd project won Apprentice of the Year Award at the recent RenewableUK Gala Dinner (Liverpool 7th October 2015). Pen y Cymoedd is an onshore wind farm built in the county boroughs of Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, the wind farm is expected to be at full operational capacity by next year (2016). The £400m wind power project has been developed by Swedish company Vattenfall.

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“Unique Challenges Facing Wind Industry - Is The Answer Blowing In The Wind?”

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2nd-6th November - Wind Industry needs young engineers. In the last few years wind energy companies, globally, have repeatedly stressed concern over a shortage of skilled workers, especially in certain fields - but the shortage is more acute for roles which require a high degree of responsibility and skill. The number of engineers graduating from universities is simply not accommodating the requirements of modern economies.

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‘Changing The Perception of Engineering’ - Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2nd-6th November

‘The UK does not want to be part of the huge global shortage of engineers but part of the solution.’ The latest report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology shows that 66% of engineering employers stress concern over a skills-gap, which cannot keep pace with industry. The UK is currently producing 51,000 engineers per year but industry requires 87,000 engineers to meet projected demand, which means there is a current shortfall of 36,000.

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‘Dr Robert Langer Wins Engineering Prize of £1m’

‘Tomorrow’s Engineer Week 2nd-6th November’ - is about the UK’s need to train and encourage young people to become engineers. Engineers create the future and prizes highlight the importance of engineering to society. Last month Queen Elizabeth presented a £1 million engineering prize to Dr Robert Langer (American Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) during a prestigious reception at Buckingham Palace for his 'revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine'.

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Liverpool Propelling Wind Energy Into The Future At The Renewable Energy Conference

Speakers from Cranfield University and leading engineering firms highlighted the fact that 2017 and 2019 will be very good years for the renewable energy job market but looking further ahead, it will be the year “2023” that firms, globally, will be screaming out for experts in the wind industry.

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'Six projects most aerospace engineers will want to work on'

The projects will share £80 million for aerospace research to help deliver innovation.

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‘Aviation manufactures need to recruit and retain staff for the long-term’

Aviation is a 14-year industry: designing and engineering broadly take around six years, with fulfilment around another eight which means aviation manufacturers and supply chain companies have to recruit and retain staff for the long-term.

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'10 reasons to be proud to work in UK Aerospace'

The UK has a 17% global market share, making the UK the largest Aerospace industry in Europe.

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Current Summary of Renewable Energy (2015)

Recent statistics reveal that wind power has become an extremely important contributor of energy. Scotland has become a key location for wind farms and now boasts 25% of Europe's offshore wind resources.

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Considering a Career in Renewable Energy?

There was an estimated investment of £29.8bn in the renewable energy sector between 2010 and 2013 in the UK; the nation is on the verge of a massive technological transformation in the renewable energy sector.

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Graduates with energy should think of Renewable Energy and will power their future

The growing oil, gas and renewables sector is in great shortage of renewable energy engineers and is having to fly in recruits from across Europe but recruiting from abroad is a short-term solution.

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Employment in the renewable energy industry

The European Commission forecasts that low-carbon generation and energy efficiency could generate five million jobs across the EU by 2020. However, the UK must ensure that there is certainty for industry - a plentiful and skillful workforce of renewable energy engineers is crucial.

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Renewable Energy Events November 2015

Why attend an industry conference? An industry conference allows you to “plug in” to what is going on; thus an event presents an opportunity to mix and network with leading researchers and to listen and learn from their work experience as well as develop your own ideas and business plans.

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‘Technical competence is at the core of a successful aerospace engineering career’

The UK aerospace industry is expected to grow over the next few years. This is driven by a global growth in air traffic, which is expected to be at a rate of 4.7% per annum between now and 2030, meaning a doubling in air traffic in the next 15 years. A career in aerospace engineering is both challenging and rewarding, there is a huge opportunity to develop skills in specialist areas whilst working on high profile projects of superior professional standards.

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Renewable Energy Events October 2015

Why is it important to attend industry events? Because it is imperative to extend experience and knowledge, and events provide the perfect opportunity to attend courses with industry colleagues. Keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and market demands is how individuals and companies stay ahead of their game.

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“All aboard - sea your future - marine engineer”

Skills shortages - lack of marine engineers huge problem for the Marine Industry. Since 2000, the UK-owned fleet of vessels has increased by 200%, creating on the one hand great opportunities for growth, and on the other a skills shortage as demand outstrips supply. According to research conducted by Maritime UK, the UK maritime market is faring worse than its global counterparts, with proportionately fewer marine engineers than other industries.

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The value of marine industries to the UK & why become a marine engineer?

The demand for marine engineers in public and private shipping companies has risen sharply mainly because of the increase in international global sea traffic. Marine engineering offers numerous opportunities and is a highly lucrative career. Subjects to excel in if interested in pursuing a career to become a marine engineer include: chemistry, physics, calculus, trigonometry maths and algebra.

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Benefits of Joining the Army - Armed Forces Day 27th June 2015

Military veterans have fought hard to protect our country, freedom and rights, but they often tackle more challenges when they return home such as unemployment. However, employers must bear in mind that veterans make excellent employees because they have received first class training and are extremely experienced in picking up new technical skills. It is often the case that they display an accelerated learning capability, which minimises the expense of training. Read more ...

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EU Sustainable Energy Week "Powering the Future" (15th - 19th June Brussels)

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers to share best practices and inspire ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity during the twenty-first century. The energy sector has generally been perceived as key to economic development with a strong correlation between economic growth and expansion of energy consumption. Read more ...

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National Women in Engineering "Girl Power"

National Women in Engineering Day (19th June) was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering. Something about the way engineering is talked about is pushing women away but the fastest growing jobs around the globe are in engineering and technology. Careful use of language is important to change perceptions and avoid stereotypes. Less than 7 per cent of tech positions in Europe are filled by women and in the US the number of female entrants to computer science is decreasing.

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