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Yorkshire Manufacturing and Engineering – Shortage of Jobs or Shortage of Skills?

Lee February 8th, 2011
By Lee

From their base in Leeds, Dudley Child has developed excellent relationships with local businesses across the West Yorkshire area, for which they have successfully completed numerous bespoke recruitment projects. Having run diverse campaigns from the direct sourcing of Senior Executives from niche environments, though to multi-acquisition projects involving the set up of start up operations, Dudley Child are very aware that there is a startling lack of manufacturing and engineering talent available at this moment in time.

During the last 2 to 3 months, Dudley Child has seen a dramatic increase in the number of vacancies being advertised across the West Yorkshire region. In particular within the regions most notable sector i.e. precision engineering. Vacancies such as Maintenance Engineers, Production Engineers and Quality Engineers are being advertised in abundance, with companies struggling to find suitable candidates. Vacancies within other disciplines such as Design and Development are also on the increase, which means that companies are having to look outside of the region o fulfil their recruitment needs.

Why is the Yorkshire region lacking these skills? Foreign competition of course has affected local business, and the lack of investment over recent years into graduate schemes and apprentiships has taken its toll. Furthermore, it is widely believed that the ManEng market is in serious need of an image make - over. Unfortunately for many youngsters, Manufacturing and Engineering has an old fashioned, unattractive stigma attached to it which is off putting for many.

To equip the region for long-term sustainable growth, local employers must take the lead from some of the world’s biggest brands who yesterday announced the creation of 1000 apprentiships.  BA expanded its apprentiship scheme to 120 roles , Virgin created a further 90 roles with Microsoft leading the way through the creation of more than 1000 apprentiships over the next three years.
For Further information on manufacturing and engineering recruitment please contact Lee Child on 0113 2468882 or email

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