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ONE of the UK's leading engineering recruitment consultancies has welcomed the new skills-based Diplomas introduced into the GCSE curriculum by the government this year.

A total of 20,264 children are currently studying for Diplomas, with the greatest number, a total of 5,943, focusing their energies on a qualification in engineering.

ATA Selection, which has a unique network of regional offices across the UK providing skilled permanent and contract candidates of varying levels to companies ranging from SMEs to multinationals, has hailed the move.

The company specialises in the rail, engineering, construction and technical sales markets.

ATA Selections Managing Director Andrew Hardaker said that in the absence of traditional apprenticeships and with such a scarcity of engineers, the Diplomas may help tackle the skills shortage and encourage young people into the industry.

Andrew Hardaker commented: "We applaud the government's move.

"For many years the slowing down of the manufacturing sector and far fewer apprenticeship schemes has led young people to pursue what they see to be more attractive options.

"This positive step to introduce engineering into the curriculum should open the door and encourage youngsters back into the profession. By engaging with people at this young age, I am sure that the education system can re-ignite a passion for what has historically been one of our countrys most envied capabilities"

The next two years see changes to A-levels and new functional skills tests in revamped modular GCSEs. These start to be taught in five subjects from this autumn, though with a limited uptake among the teenagers they are aimed at.

Other Diplomas include construction and the built environment and creative and media.

ATA Selection, which is part of RTC Group plc, has ten regional offices throughout the UK, from Glasgow to Slough, and more than 100 consultants, each of whom are experts both in specific markets and their regional marketplace.
The company manages candidates' career aspirations with client expectations and each candidate is interviewed by ATA Selection before being recommended to a client to ensure they are suitable.
This approach positively impacts on those businesses striving to improve staff retention by ensuring that the right candidate is placed for each vacancy.


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