RECRUITMENT AGENCY Anders Elite is to launch an initiative to help older engineers back into the industry.
The move follows an NCE article last week highlighting the fact that, despite the construction industry skills shortage, 90% of unemployed engineers over 45 are unable to find work.
According to the Office of National Statistics, just 10% of people over 45 find a new job within a year of becoming unemployed.
A spokeswoman for Anders Elite said the firm had already started on a plan to draw on the reserve of experienced, older engineers and would be bringing the campaign forward.
Older engineers are wanted in particular for planning and senior engineering positions, and for roles in design and build contracts where contract negotiation expertise is needed.
Industry experience is also favoured by companies starting new teams and senior engineers are needed to train new staff, the spokeswoman said.
Anders will be launching an advertising campaign to run alongside its existing recruitment activities later this spring.
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