The Construction Careers Event lifts off in just under a month's time on 8 and 9 November at the Paragon Hotel in London. The exhibition is the leading recruitment event in construction, with a host of major contractors, consultants and engineering employers in attendance.
While the skills shortage still looms, and provides an incentive for employers to attend in search of scarcer-than-ever recruits, the event also acts as a forum for more experienced engineers, settled in their present employment, to shop around and see what is on offer.
The event, sponsored by NCE, Construction News and the architects' journal and supported by the construction industry, comes in the wake of positive indications about the industry's health.
'The market is buoyant, and industry forecasts are very positive. But still the spectre of the skills shortage looms, with fewer graduates entering the profession - meaning that finding new recruits is harder than ever, ' says Construction Careers Event director Andy Knight.
'For professionals visiting the event, the spread of companies in attendance will offer an unrivalled chance to speak individually to top level managers about possible opportunities and prospects in a completely informal atmosphere.'
Last year's event attracted 1,700 professional visitors, with 20 blue-chip construction and engineering employers exhibiting.
Almost half the visitors were already employed and interested in sampling what opportunities might be on offer, while a quarter were graduates and undergraduates looking for work. Almost all visitors were aged under 50.
Exhibitors this year include major engineering employers such as Railtrack and the Environment Agency.
Others returning from last year include Halliburton KBR.
'This year's event also features a series of seminars accredited for continuing professional development, as well as advice on job seeking for construction professionals, ' added Knight.
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