11 May 2010
In the week that a new Robin Hood movie is released when we seem to have got things all a bit round the wrong - symptomatic of a Govt more interested in taxation and control than investment and development. We now have NO UK owned major utility suppliers, they were all up for sale, along with the Gold that Mr Brown soon saw off at rock bottom prices!
If you continually stifle entrepreneurialism, chuck in huge doses of "red-tape" and allow the sell-off of all UK owned suppliers how can you expect to nurture UK based world-class engineering specialists, or even apprentices for that matter? All "people development" will happen in the country of ownership of those utilities and the skilled assets will then be transferred into the UK as and when required, further undermining the "Jobs for Brits" mantra so often the rallying call of the Trade Unions that have worked hand-in-hand with Govt to stifle growth! Is that irony, lunacy or just Britain reaping what it has sown?
You couldn't make it up!
11 May 2010
I can see where you’re coming from, but there is also a flip-side to this, which is that there are growing opportunities for young British engineering to go across to Europe (on various graduate schemes/placements/projects) to get some great training, up-skill and return to work in the UK - not just for EU owned groups, but also for the many UK owned technical engineering consultancies and developers.
Allen & York recruit internationally across the Renewables industry, so I guess we’re seeing a global picture of opportunities on a daily basis. If you’re interested in finding out more about Renewable Energy Job opportunities in the UK or Internationally please get in touch with us –
22 May 2010
Thats a lot of rubbish...I know many engineers who developed their engineering expertise in the Oil&Gas offshore industry that are currently sitting at home unemployed!..myself included!
For some strange reason the renewable energy industry is focussing their efforts on graduates and not willing to bring in the expertise of the 'older' generation. The offshore challenges in the North Sea oil industry for example, had no precedent for the technology that was required; it evolved and the engineers evolved their designs and ideas to match the new challenges.
The renewables industry have this perceived notion that somehow their design challenges are so unique and complex it requires a special breed of graduate. From my experience the challenges posed by the Oil &Gas industry far exceed anything likely to arise from renewables technology.
There is another side to this coin as well, it is clear that some of the tidal and wave power designs are quite frankly expensive, inefficient, unworkable and pose a real threat to the fragile ecology and yet still attract huge sums of public money.
26 May 2010
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29 May 2010
I'm a young graduate who would really love to work in the renewables sector, but there just aren't the jobs out there - despite what these recruitment agencies seem to think. Every position going wants "x" number of years of experience, or "x" level of qualifications, etc. If you don't have the experience, then you can't get any either, because you need experience to get experience. The system seems to be back to front. Older people can't get jobs because they're too old, and young people can't get jobs because they're not experienced enough.
People at the bottom have to come from somewhere, as they're going to be the people at the top eventually. Perhaps if, as a country, we dispense with the volatile financial sector and the silly service sector, and built strong resilient industry, our country may, one day, pay off all of our debts.
It's hard to keep applying for jobs, only to get rejected on account of my experience. I don't really want to work in anything else, but it's starting to look like I might have to - what a waste of time and talent, as I'm sure I'm not the only one.
It's not really surprising our country going down the tubes when opportunities are limited, even for people who want to get on in life, and business is apathetic - or foreign owned.
01 Jun 2010
Mostly, graduate roles are handled internally by the individual company's HR team rather than paying a recruitment agency and it may be worth looking on the Energy Institute's 'Energy Zone' - this page has a list of companies offering entry level schemes:
Also, I'm sure you've already looked, but Renewable UK website and R-E-A.net might also be useful.
We do get some graduate positions, but it's not the core of our business - if you'd like to send us your CV please do, but you might find it more effective to contact companies direct.
14 Jun 2010
The Energy folks--the drivers and shakers--are missing the boat. We SHOULD be making deals with some of the so-called "third world" countries to come in and assist them in recovering their resources.
Just one example: Mexico.
Mexico is rich in earth resources and rich in workers. There is not much to do in Mexico so they slip into the US.
The mountains of Mexico have an almost endless wealth. There is some mining. There is some oil drilling. There is some timber production.
The jungles have millions of linear feet of at least paper pulp quaity trees. AND there are some beautifully grained marginal jungle trees for exotic furniture production.
Instead of the President of Mexico 'bad-mouthing' the US and the State of AZ, he should be asking our corporate officers to come in and take charge. Hundreds of thousands of Mexican people could be put to work. Engineers and managers from the States could go to work in Mexico.
It's a shame! As I said, Mexico is wealthy in resources but nobody is in charge.