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Fair exchange

NCE's Construction Careers Event was a runaway success last week with exhibitors and visitors hugely enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet one another in the informal environment of London's Paragon Hotel.

More than 2,000 top quality mid-career and graduate engineers turned up over the two days, spending an average five hours each talking to the 27 companies who took stands at the show.

All the employers went away happy with the quality and numbers of potential staff they had met, with many determined to make contact with likely new recruits immediately to make sure they were not snapped up by their rivals.

Gibb human resources manager Caroline Blanchette had an excellent exhibition. 'I was very impressed with the calibre and number of visitors to our stand - in excess of 500 people left details with us, and we made £250 for Comic Relief. We believe the investment has paid off, ' she said.

Posford Duvivier public relations and marketing manager Carol Mackaoui also had a good show.

'The quality of people was excellent. They turned up dressed to impress, with a wide range of good skills. We were very happy with our two days at the show.'

And Mouchel operations director Tim Ingram confirmed this view: 'In the current job market I was pleased that we had such a good attendance on the stand by some very good quality candidates.'

The ICE also had a very successful event and while supplying hundreds of engineers with advice about the Institution and routes to membership, also raised over £300 for charity with its 'Bob the Builder- inspired 'Eddie the Engineer' competition.

All have provisionally booked stands for the next Construction Careers Event on 9 and 10 November this year along with Halliburton Brown & Root. Fluor, CIOB, Birse, Skanska, Mott Macdonald, Balfour Beatty, Railtrack, Arup, BAA and WSP have also taken provisional options to be there.

CCE sales director Andrew Knight was delighted. 'If everyone confirms, we only have four stands left for the November event, ' he said. 'We wanted to find a creative way for employers and employees to meet each other, particularly against the background of the skills shortage. We have definitely done that.'

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