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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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Glasgow 6th & 7th May - All Energy Conference

The declining health of Mother Earth has drawn growing attention over the past decades and now unites countries together to fight environmental threats. The ‘All Energy’ Conference is the UK’s largest renewable energy event and will take place for the first time at the SECC, Glasgow, which will bring together 7,000 industry professionals from approximately 48 nations. (The event has been held in Aberdeen for the past 14 years.)

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9th June Water & Energy - Opportunities for Energy & Resource Recovery in the Changing World

Water scarcity is the challenge of the 21st century. Water is the most universally needed resource. It is essential for industry, for agriculture and by every living being. The world faces an energy crisis but the energy industry can find alternatives – renewable energy resources. However, when it comes to water ‘there is no alternative to water.’

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Why are there insufficient people studying engineering?

In the UK some 23,000 engineers are graduating every year. However, according to the Royal Academy of Engineering, India is producing eight times as many and China 20 times as many. Britain will need more than a million new engineers and technicians by 2020. Read more ...

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European Maritime Day is Celebrated Annually During May

Today approximately 70 per cent of the world’s fleet is controlled from Europe The maritime industry is of huge importance in terms of natural resources and energy, trade and industry, as well as sciences and leisure activities. This annual event was established jointly by the European Council, the European Parliament and European Commission as part of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy launched in 2007.The maritime community will address jobs creation, sustainability and competitiveness; as Europe needs to be at the forefront of the blue economy revolution in order to deliver growth and jobs to its unemployed youth. Read more ...

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Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs

The best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. Investing in infrastructure constitutes one of the main mechanisms to increase income, employment, productivity and consequently, the competitiveness of an economy. Businesses depend on a network infrastructure for all aspects of daily operations. Reliable customer contact ensures gaining new clients and retaining current ones.

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What is Nuclear Astrophysics?

Nuclear astrophysics is the study of the nuclear reactors that fuel the Sun and other stars across the Universe. Nuclear physics plays a central role in astrophysics as it accounts for the processes that govern the lives of stars and the creation of all elements beyond primordial hydrogen and helium. Understanding the puzzles of the Universe attracts talented people to study physics and other numerate disciplines. Training produces highly skilled individuals. Read more ...

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Social media in the contact centre sector

Social media is everywhere and lets face it, even if you could, would you want to live without it? A recent study showed that only 20% of contact centres currently have some form of social media response, but with an additional 50% of businesses looking to dip into social media now is a great time to understand social media within the call centre industry.

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Key Statistics Snapshot - Orthopaedic Medical Device Market

At a glance, Medical and Orthopaedic retailer in 2013-14 made a profit of over £62.7 million, which was an annual growth of a whopping 8.4%. More statistical analysis in our Orthopaedic Medical Device Snapshot infographic.

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A workforce Profile within the Oil & Gas Industry

Skills shortage will be an obstacle to growth, but significantly, a third of companies name it as their biggest challenge, making it the largest obstacle on the horizon. There needs to be a long-term plan in place to ensure the best talent is cultivated and kept within the UK to provide the calibre of people required to compete on a global scale.

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Nuclear Energy & Engineering Recruitment Needs

Nuclear energy remains a core plank of the UK government’s energy policy. Its current workforce of 44,000 in civil nuclear and a further 14,000 employed in defence is highly skilled but it is ageing at a fast rate.

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