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Civil Engineers in demand at Autumn Engineering Recruitment Exhibition

Published on: 13 Sep 2016

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The latest recruitment research has identified strong growth in the engineering sector, according to a report from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and Staffing Industry Analysts, which measures year on year demand for professionals across various sectors.[1] The news comes ahead of the National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition (NECR), which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC this autumn.

The report also noted that civil engineering is one of the most sought-after skills with new engineering hubs emerging across the UK in locations such as Cambridge, Derby, Birmingham and Bristol[2].

The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition (NECR), in association with the Daily Telegraph, presents a perfect opportunity for engineers to take advantage of these encouraging trends.  The event will take place on 25 & 26 November and offers engineering professionals, and those at the start of their career, the chance to meet face-to-face with leading engineering firms. Visitors can explore the huge range of career opportunities available and equip themselves with job-seeking tools at the comprehensive range of seminars and informative features.  

Free to attend for registered visitors, the two-day event will showcase a variety of top engineering employers, including Balfour Beatty, Buckingham Contracting Group, Brose, Colas, Royal Air Force (RAF), Highways England and many more, all looking to recruit the industry’s best talent.  


The exhibition will provide a one-stop shop for job seekers to discover thousands of vacancies and gain valuable advice. Visitors can expect a full seminar programme, a careers advice lounge, CV and interview clinics and a Professional Development Hub.


John Hancock, Managing Director of Venture Marketing Group, which organises the event, commented:


Now in its 18th year, the NECR event is the ideal platform for skilled professionals seeking a new challenge, as well as those looking to forge a career within the industry, to explore their options. With everyone brought together under one roof, the networking opportunities are endless and it gives job-seeking engineers a valuable face-to-face experience with leading recruiters, which is not readily available anywhere else.”


Alongside the main exhibition, visitors will also have access to a wide range of features that are designed to aid career progression. Across both days of the event, a packed programme of free presentations will offer an insight into key developments within the industry and their impact on the recruitment process. Attendees can drop in to the careers advice lounge for a free one-to-one consultation with careers counsellors from Inspiring Talented Minds, or call in to the CV clinic where The Write Stuff will be available to give individual feedback on visitors’ CVs.


Facilitated by Chris Morrall from leading consultancy Talent Transitions, the Interview Clinic will deliver invaluable support and advice on interviewing in today’s competitive job market. Whether you are an experienced professional considering a new challenge, or a recent graduate confused about where to start, experienced careers coaches will be able to offer guidance to help you fast-track your route through the recruitment process.


Major engineering institutions will take centre stage in this year’s Professional Development Hub: a central attraction for engineers looking for ways to enhance their career progression. Representatives from professional institutions including the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) will share their knowledge of the industry as well as the range of benefits professional registration offers.


Supported by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), the highly popular Women in Engineering Forum will focus on the topical issue of female representation within the industry. Taking place on Friday 25 November, the forum is open to all female engineers and provides an excellent networking opportunity for professionals at all stages of their career. Female engineers will be sharing their personal experiences to give first hand advice to those developing their career as an engineer within an often male-dominated industry.


The Engineering Challenge, sponsored by Ultra Electronics, aims to put passionate university students to the test with a live task on the exhibition floor. Groups of students from across the UK will be invited to compete against one another to design, build and test their inventions to solve a real-life problem to be in with a chance of winning £500. This is a great way for students to get noticed by leading recruiters in a competitive job market by showing off their strong team-working skills and technical knowledge.


Returning for the 18th year, the NECR exhibition has become an essential date in the industry calendar. With a number of exciting career prospects on offer, the event is unmissable for any ambitious professional.


For a full list of recruiters, further information on features and to register for a free ticket visit:


[1] UK – Regional Demand for Engineers Rises, 6 September 2016,

[2] UK – Regional Demand for Engineers Rises, 6 September 2016,