The telecom maintenance engineering profession is often described as the last of the professions to be cut, after the Brexit vote.
It was one of a number of industries that saw jobs slashed across the country as the UK leaves the EU, with jobs being replaced with part-time and part-pay.
However, the profession is now undergoing a significant renaissance, and the UK is one of the few countries in the world to have one.
We have the biggest telecom engineering teams in the UK, and we are looking to them for a lot of the skills that we need, Dr Alex Maclennan, chief executive of the British Engineering and Science Council (BESC), told BBC News.
The BESC is one part of a consortium of more than a dozen engineering associations and research organisations, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to look at how to recruit and retain engineers.
A few of the organisations looking at the issue are working with the government on the BIS’s new ‘digital skills’ taskforce, and one of them, the National Engineering and Technology Institute (NETI), is developing a programme to support the BESCs digital skills strategy.
Dr Maclenan explained that it’s not just jobs that are being affected.
“We are seeing a lot more people coming in with disabilities, with autism, with mental health issues, so they can’t understand how to work in the industry,” he said.
“The way in which we do our training is very different, so a lot are coming into our workforce with disabilities.”
A new ‘skills’ task force A new digital skills taskforce was launched earlier this month, looking at how best to recruit the people who will fill the roles of telecom engineers.
This new group will look at: what is a modern and effective workforce?
what is the best way to train engineers?
what skills are needed to succeed in the modern industry?
What is the current state of the industry?
Dr MacLennan said that the taskforce will be looking at “a whole range of things”.
He said that in the coming months, the government will be consulting on “what the right skills are”, and how to ensure that engineers can stay in the workforce to meet the needs of businesses and consumers.
“So in the longer term, we’re going to have a whole series of strategies that are going to come out of the task force,” he added.
“It’s going to be looking closely at what is working, what is not working, how do we build the workforce, how can we ensure that people are being trained appropriately.”
A special programme to keep engineers working after Brexit It’s clear that the BECC’s focus on hiring engineers will be a priority for the government in the years ahead.
The government has been in discussions with the BESA to develop a “special scheme” to keep people in the jobs that have already been created.
The scheme will be similar to the one developed by the government last year, which provided £5,000 to help employers find people to work for when they were leaving the UK.
The UK government said that, as part of the scheme, employers will be able to ask for a “bonus” of up to £100,000 if they choose to retain their existing staff.
However it’s also likely to mean that employers will start to pay the cost of employing an engineer when they decide to leave.
Dr Nick Davies, chief operating officer of the BAE Systems Engineering division, said that “a lot of employers will feel a little bit uneasy” if they were to pay for a new engineer when a new scheme had been developed.
“In a way, the scheme is actually helping them to keep their existing workforce,” he told BBC Business.
“You can have people in one job for two or three years, and you can get a bonus to that.
So that’s a lot, especially for a small business. “
If you get a new employee, that’s an extra £20,000.
So that’s a lot, especially for a small business.
It’s a bit of a shock to them.”
Dr Davies added that companies are also starting to look to the BEDS as a way to retain and recruit engineers, and that the group’s role is to provide “technical support to businesses”.
This means that companies can also hire engineers, but with the “skills” taskforce looking at what the “right skills are” for each particular job, this can be a bit difficult to gauge.
In order to find out how engineers are doing, the BBE is also looking at a survey it has been running with the UK Business Council, and it has found that a significant number of engineers are working for a variety of companies.
However the BEE has said that while the survey is still in its early stages, it is likely to find that there are a number who