By Daniel Hunter

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has announced the setting up of a partnership with the Talent Retention Solution (TRS), operated by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, to encourage the adoption of the TRS talent platform by EEF member companies.

The partnership will be launched at a reception in the House of Commons this afternoon which will be hosted by Lord Willis of Knaresborough. The partnership will build on the already strong collaborative relationships between the two organisations.

The TRS was launched in 2011 by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Secretary, Dr Vince Cable MP with the support of six leading engineering companies - Siemens, Shell, Rolls Royce, EADS/Airbus, EDF Energy, and BAE Systems.

It is now wholly employer-led and provides a nationwide platform of employment opportunities in engineering and manufacturing at all levels from Apprentices, Graduates, Postgraduates and Undergraduates, through to experienced engineers.

As well as ensuring that key skills are retained within the sector, the system provides a highly practical response to meeting the UK’s future Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) skills needs.

Terry Scuoler , EEF Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely supportive of the excellent work TRS is doing to retain key skills within the manufacturing and engineering sector. We look forward to working with our members to help them adopt the TRS platform as a core component of their talent acquisition, development and retention strategies.”

Richard Smith, TRS Director, said: “We are delighted to build on the excellent relationship with EEF, who have been extremely supportive of TRS. The partnership agreement recognises the importance of the relationship between both organisations and sets out the basis through which we intend to further engage with our respective membership to support our mutual ambitions for skills and economic growth.”

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