In recruitment people often want the pick of the talent that is arriving from the fresh batch of graduates, hence they want what is perceived to be the most intelligent and has the most potential for them to grow on the market. Ideally employers want this individual to have a degree in their field whilst also demonstrating some time of actually doing the job. The problem is where have all of these people gone?
I often find in my day to day role that there are managers out there, but taking the food industry as a prime example, there are not enough new managers coming through and the ones that are, are then snapped up in developmental graduate schemes. In these schemes they are offered a superb salary/package, endless training, and bi-annual promotions which keeps them loyal and fast tracks them to senior roles at an inflated salary that is more than the market average. Some SMEs and other businesses need these skills to grow and develop their business but for whatever reason cannot offer the same progression and job security and so are not as attractive on the market. Businesses want the talent that is there but simply cannot compete for it. It’s the manufacturing equivalent to the English Premier League.
Furthermore, is there a pipeline at all? Universities are working hard to attract students to manufacturing and engineering courses, so what are businesses doing to support this activity and attract top talent to the industry?
Here at Technical Network we are in the process of actioning projects to engage with local students in the community who may not be aware or indeed interested in careers in the food industry, and it is our job to advise and guide people to an industry that is certainly booming and has huge potential to continue to grow. But do people know about this and how they can get involved? I believe they simply don’t as they are not advised through their school years, something I have alluded to in previous articles.
If you want to support our efforts and host students, contact Stuart Loveday on 0121 450 5020.