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Cooper Lomaz seeks engineering talent in army

A recent recruitment campaign for engineers by East Anglia's leading recruitment consultancy Cooper Lomaz Recruitment has vindicated its belief that engineers from the Armed Forces have skills and experience which are of interest to industry.

It is generally acknowledged that there is a UK-wide shortage of qualified mechanical and electrical engineers, and this shortage is intensifying in the East of England due primarily to the demands of the energy industry, and in particular to the exponential growth of the renewable energy sector.

One of the company's most recent engineering assignments has been for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located off the coast of North Norfolk. Construction at this &pound1 billion project commenced in 2009, and continued until late 2012 when the 88 turbine wind farm became fully operational.

Cooper Lomaz Recruitment has worked with the project and local management teams since late 2010, and prior to this latest campaign had successfully recruited 14 permanent members of staff, as well as providing a number of contractors to work within the project.

"We were delighted to be asked to recruit for the positions of two Site Representatives and two O& M Engineers recently," said Jane Lovell from Cooper Lomaz, "and, after a rigorous interview and selection process, the candidates who were chosen to fill the Site Representative positions both came from the Armed Forces.

"The function of the Site Representatives is to ensure both safety and efficiency, providing support and guidance on HSE and operational matters to all those working at the wind farm site. The successful candidates, who came from the RAF and the Royal Engineers, had undergone engineering training and their careers had developed to include maintenance, transport and logistics planning responsibilities."

One of the newly appointed site representatives, who joined after serving 12 years in the RAF said, "I have always been interested in the energy industry and a lot of my skills as a gas turbine engineer are readily transferrable, so it seemed a natural step to make. However I didn't envisage performing an HSE role. To give credit to the RAF, I would not be able to perform this role without the training and experience that it has provided. HSE skills would probably not be included in the skill set of many personnel leaving the RAF however everybody within engineering circles in the RAF abides by these principles daily!"

Jane Lovell concluded: "We understand that personnel leaving the engineering trades within the Armed Forces usually know the direction they want to go, and start working towards it well in advance of leaving the service. We look forward to hearing from them."


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