Recruitment firm looks to energy for growth
North East England recruitment company TechConsult UK has decided to target the growing energy market as part of its strategy for the coming year.
TechConsult UK Ltd, based at The Wilton Centre near Redcar, Teesside, operates within the offshore, fabrication and maintenance, process, shipbuilding, and civil engineering industries, and has a large number of workers on its books, including engineers, technicians, project managers and administration personnel.
The company believes that the dramatic growth in the energy market is offering new opportunities for skilled workers, many of whose skills can be transferred to other sectors.
Senior Recruitment Consultant Dawn Smith said: ”We are really excited about what we are seeing in the energy sector. It has grown extensively and one area we are interested in is wind energy.
“We are seeing offshore wind turbines being erected off the UK coastline and we believe that the skilled people on our books can play an important role in ensuring that such projects are a success.”
TechConsult UK is working to identify opportunities through the Energi Coast organisation, whose partners are interested in exploiting opportunities off the North East of England, including the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm two miles off Redcar.
TechConsult UK is also interested in similar developments including those off the Moray Firth, in Scotland, Hornsea in east Yorkshire, the Humber and the Norfolk coast.
Dawn said: “We want to take advantage of the growth in wind energy generation and feel that the engineering disciplines registered with us can fulfil an excellent role for the companies that hire them. Wind energy is definitely one of the places where we see significant growth, particularly down the East Coast.
“Nuclear Energy is of significant interest to us as well. There will be a series of new nuclear power stations built in this country over the next few years and they will need highly specialised staff. We have people with those skill sets on our books and we hope to be part of that development.
“We are talking to companies across the energy sector and also working hard to place engineers from a wide variety of disciplines within them. You hear people say that engineering is declining but that is not the case. It has changed, moving away from more traditional forms of engineering to more sophisticated versions but there is still a need. Engineers still build bridges, for example, it’s just that the way they do it has changed. There is a real need for them in many sectors, including offshore wind and nuclear.”
Steve Guest, TechConsult UK Managing Director, said: “There is a really sharp focus on what we are doing at the moment and we are placing increasing numbers of workers in companies that operate in the energy sector. It’s a real growth area.“