In a recent announcement, the rail infrastructure operator Network Rail has confirmed that it is to create more than 300 new skilled jobs. This is in response to demand for engineers for vital Thameslink and Crossrail projects, plus other ‘value for money’ schemes.
Philip Higgins, chair of The Recruitment and Employment Confederation Engineering and Technical sector group, described the announcement as being ‘good news for the future of the professional engineering industry’ – stating, “During the downturn, we saw many skilled professionals leave the industry and we were concerned that when the time came we would be hit by severe skill shortages. Job creation schemes such as this will be vital as we seek to create the diverse and professional engineering workforce of tomorrow.”
Mr Higgins added that he would like to see further skill-development for contractors already working in the industry.