US CONSTRUCTION giant Commercial Contracting Corporation (CCC) will visit the UK next week to poach British Iraqi engineers from UK rivals.
In preparation for future work in post conflict Iraq, which it will undertake through a joint bidding agreement with Amec-Fluor, CCC is looking to recruit an Iraqi engineering base.
'US firms see the British Iraqi engineers as the best way to succeed in Iraq due to their recent technical experience and knowledge of both Western and Iraqi cultures, ' said British Iraqi engineers society Al-Kindi committee member, Mohammed Khalif Alderajy.
There are more than 2,000 Iraqi engineers in Britain and Al-Kindi has organised conferences and seminars with British firms (NCE 12 June), but CCC is the first to arrange a recruitment fair in the UK targeting British Iraqis.
The fair is scheduled for this Saturday at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith, London, starting at 4pm.
Despite growing security concerns which have caused aid workers to withdraw from Iraq, Al-Kindi has taken Bulgarian and Danish construction firms on missions to meet key industry figures.
'These firms see that the link with British Iraqi engineers represents their best avenue to make contact in Iraq, ' said Alderajy.
However, UK firms with experience in the Gulf region are unsure of their value.
'You have to wonder how welcome they will be made on their return, compared to those who stayed over the past decade.
'We intend to source engineers locally and from our other Gulf offices, ' said one senior UK engineer.