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Research by The Royal Academy of Engineering suggests that Britain will need more than one million new engineers and technicians by 2020 to tackle demand1. The industry is a vital part of the UK economy: a recent report found that engineering tops the list of professions seen as the most vital for economic growth2.

As the widespread need for civil engineers is at an all-time high, the National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition (NECR), in association with the Daily Telegraph, has come at an ideal time. The event will return to the NEC in Birmingham on 27 & 28 November to offer engineering professionals and those at the start of their career a chance to meet face-to-face with top engineering firms. Visitors can explore the huge range of career opportunities available within this booming industry and equip themselves with job-seeking tools at the comprehensive range of seminars and informative features. 

Free to attend for registered visitors, the two-day event features recruiters from leading industry names including Anglian Water @one Alliance, Highways England, Canary Wharf Contractors, Buckingham Group Conracting, Rhead Group and many more, all looking for civil engineers to fill hundreds of vacancies.

John Hancock, Managing Director of Venture Marketing Group, which organises the event, commented:

“With the demand for engineers dominating headlines, it is clear there has never been a greater need for the NECR exhibition. Engineering and construction are   ever-growing markets, which offer a wealth of career opportunities. Now in its 17th year, this event is the perfect platform for skilled professionals seeking a new challenge, as well as those looking to forge a career within the industry, to explore their options. With everyone brought together under one roof, the networking opportunities are endless and it gives job-seeking engineers a valuable face-to-face experience with leading recruiters, which is not readily available anywhere else.”

The exhibition will provide a one-stop shop for job seekers to discover thousands of vacancies and gain valuable advice. Visitors can expect a full seminar programme, a careers advice lounge, CV and interview clinics, a Professional Development Hub and an engineering challenge for current students.

Sponsored by Comau UK and supported by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), the highly popular Women in Engineering Forum will focus on the topical issue of female representation within the industry. Taking place on Friday 27 November, the forum is open to all female engineers and provides an excellent networking opportunity for professionals at all stages of their career. Inspirational female engineers will deliver two keynote presentations entitled: ‘Engineering: the good, the bad, and the female’ and ‘Civil Engineering – high vis to high heels’.

The Engineering Challenge, sponsored by General Electric, aims to put passionate university students to the test with a live task on the exhibition floor. Groups of students from across the UK will be invited to compete against one another to design, build and test their inventions to solve a real-life problem to be in with a chance of winning £500. This is a great way for students to get noticed by leading recruiters in a competitive job market by showing off their strong team-working skills and technical knowledge.

Now in its 17th year the NECR exhibition has become an essential date in the industry calendar. With a number of exciting career prospects on offer, the event is unmissable for any ambitious professional.

For a full list of recruiters, further information on features and to book your free ticket for fast-track entry, please visit the website:




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