Engineers, along with professionals from most other sectors of the economy, have faced a challenging and unsettling time over the past 12 months.

As reported in The Engineer recently published annual salary survey, large numbers of the UK engineering workforce have found themselves laid off, furloughed, out of work, or obliged to temporarily sacrifice a proportion of their salary.

What’s more, there is a growing sense that the pandemic has accelerated a process of industry wide change: altering – perhaps permanently – established working patterns and accelerating the development of a number of key technology areas. All of this will have a profound impact on engineering’s skills requirements and career pathways and opportunities.

In this online panel discussion – held in partnership with technical recruitment specialist Matchtech - we will bring together a diverse panel of industry experts, specialist recruiters and current jobseekers to discuss some of the 2021 salary surveys’ key findings and offer advice and insight on how both engineers and engineering employers can navigate this altered landscape.

Discussion areas / agenda:
- Areas of opportunity for engineering job seekers
- Transferrable skills
- The challenges and benefits of driving diversity
- Routes into Industry
- The benefits of professional registration
- Talking to the talent pool – how recruiters can improve engagement with job seekers
Jon Excell
Editor - The Engineer
Grahame Carter
Managing Director - Matchtech
With over 20 years’ experience in technical skills recruitment for the infrastructure & built environment, utilities, buildings, rail, energy, defence and mobility sectors, Grahame has a deep understanding of the challenges facing job-seekers and clients alike in the engineering world. In his current role as Managing Director, he has been central to the development of Matchtech as a leading specialist engineering recruitment consultancy, building a culture and teams of specialist recruiters who care about their clients, their candidates and their colleagues.
Virginia Hodge
Trustee and Company Director - Foothold
I’m a mentor, Non Executive Director and consultant offering constructive challenge, strategic thinking and innovative solutions, primarily in the defence and aviation industries.
I have strong capabilities in enabling collaboration and exploring multiple stakeholder perspectives in complex international industries underpinned by robust technical and engineering knowledge within the software/systems engineering domains.
I am currently a Trustee and Company Director of Foothold, the IET Benevolent Fund having previously been a Trustee at the Institution of Engineering and Technology for 6 years.
Gordon Woodward-Clark
Project, Programme and Test Delivery Manager
Gordon Woodward-Clark is a freelance Chartered Engineer and Instrumentation Fellow with over 30 years’ experience of delivering project, test and change management for Nuclear Generation, Electricity Distribution, MOD, Offshore Oil and UK Gas Transmission Utilities and Vendors. As a current job-seeker, Gordon joins our panel discussion with first-hand experience of the current state of the contract engineering jobs market and the unique challenges facing engineers in today’s turbulent conditions.
Joe Flores
Associate Director, Atkins
With over 25 years’ experience as a civil and structural engineer on building projects, station designs and rail asset interface developments, Joe has a holistic understanding of the requirements on both sides of the rail asset / development interface. For the past 12 years Joe has exclusively assisted private developers in addressing the rail asset assurance process and has been lead Civil Engineer for Bank Station Capacity Upgrade and project managed other station upgrades.
Joe is also an SCE and Mentor with the Institution of Civil Engineers and is passionate about mentoring new talent into the industry as Chartered Engineers.
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