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Engineering Exhibition at the NEC

Monday, 23 March 2015 16:50


The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition will return once again to

The NEC, Birmingham, 24th & 25th April 2015

11am – 4pm

With the UK experiencing a widespread shortage of engineers, the upcoming National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition (NECR) will provide a one stop shop for recruiters and job seekers to meet face to face.

Taking place at the NEC on Friday 24th April and Saturday 25th April, the exhibition will offer a vast array of opportunities from renowned organisations for all engineering and construction professionals and graduates. Organisations such as JCB, Interserve, Denso and BAE Systems will join other industry leaders to recruit the latest talent and offer their knowledge to those making a move up the engineering and/or construction ladder. Representing a range of sectors from automotive, mechanical, civil, design and electrical, the prestigious event has something to suit all. 

In association with The Daily Telegraph, the two day exhibition will be free to attend with hundreds of exciting job vacancies from leading global recruiters. In addition, visitors will have access to a full seminar programme, Careers Advice Lounge, a CV and Interview Clinic, a networking centre for female engineers, an Engineering Challenge for budding engineers and a Professional Development Hub. 

John Hancock, Managing Director of Venture Marketing Group, which organises The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition, commented: “With the news agenda highlighting the current shortage of engineers, the NECR is one of the UK’s most important events in bringing together recruiters and job seekers to discuss potential career opportunities in the engineering industry. Now in its 18th year, this exhibition is the perfect occasion for those who are keen to kick start their career in the industry or the fully skilled simply seeking a career change. With everyone brought together under one roof, the networking opportunities are endless and it gives job seeking engineers invaluable face-to-face experience with leading recruiters which is not always readily available.” 

Supported by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), the Women in Engineering Forum is a highly popular feature. Taking place on Friday 24th April, the open forum is run by women, for women and provides an excellent networking opportunity for women at all stages of their career. The forum offers the chance for visitors and industry representatives to share their experiences, make new contacts, and discuss the various options a career in the industry can offer. This year, two inspiring female engineers will be sharing their personal career experiences and give first hand advice to those still considering their career path. 

The large, purpose built presentation theatre offers a series of free presentations from industry professionals, giving an insight into a number of topical issues and advice about the recruitment process. Plus, an exclusive feature to the National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition is the Professional Development Hub. Here, visitors can meet with representatives from the Engineering Council and key industry institutions for advice on the benefits of institution membership, as well as professional registration and how it can help personal career development. Open to all visitors to the exhibition, the Hub is available for the self-employed seeking status in the industry or those seeking guidance about career progression.

Attendees can also pay a visit to the CV and Interview Clinics. Facilitated by the experts at Talent Transitions, the Interview Clinic will be on hand to offer support and advice on interviewing in today’s tough jobs market. At the CV Clinic, The Write Stuff will be available to give one-to-one guidance on writing a winning CV.

This year’s Engineering Challenge will put passionate university students to the test with a live task on the exhibition floor. Groups of engineering students from across the UK will be invited to compete against one another and design, build and test their inventions in a challenging task to win a prize of £5001. This is a great way for graduates to get noticed by leading recruiters by showing off their strong team-working skills and technical knowledge. 

A full list of recruiters, further information on features and details on parking and travel subsidies2 for full time students are available at