Following on from Linum Consult’s participation in the inaugural High Speed Rail Industry Leaders meeting at ALSTOM’s Longsight depot, Linum Consult were invited to the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords on the 22nd March 2016.
Working with major international civil engineering companies, Linum’s main focus was to identify and establish what strategies will be implemented with regards to future recruitment requirements for this project.
One of the key solutions to manpower requirements will be to launch an extensive apprenticeship scheme, as this would be an excellent way for home-grown talent to get started in the industry. This will be an attractive long-term career prospect, since the HSR projects are due to be completed by 2033.
Beyond apprenticeships, Linum Consult agreed with many of the tier 1 main contractors in regards how difficult it will be to recruit and retain more senior staff – (specifically talented managers) who will be needed to train and develop the junior workforce. In this instance, we knew that Linum Consult could be of particular service: not only can we manage the recruitment process for well-qualified staff in the UK, but as an international recruiter we would be able to assist in repatriating British engineers who are currently overseas. We have an extensive database of ex-pats who could definitely be encouraged to return home to work on the country’s largest infrastructure project.
Another option that we presented to the delegates would be for them to consider hiring foreign nationals who have excellent backgrounds in transport construction projects. Many of the rail projects they’ve worked on are significantly larger than anything we have in the UK, which would be an excellent resource to draw on.
All in all, we feel that the HSRIL will certainly benefit from our expertise within the civil engineering industry, and we definitely have a flexible and innovative approach to manage this recruitment process in whichever way suits their requirements.
We look forward to meeting with the HSRIL in Birmingham this summer to further explore solutions to satisfy the industry skills challenge.
A link to the report can be found here: