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Five Minutes With Fircroft: Power and Energy Recruitment

28/02/2014
Fircroft power and energy recruitmentTom Robinson is a Senior Recruitment Manager in Fircroft’s Power and Energy team. After joining the company seven years ago, Tom has worked his way up from a Resourcer, to a Recruitment Manager, to his current role. He recently completed a Masters degree in Business which he says has made a huge difference in how he does his job.

Power and Energy at Fircroft
The rise in energy consumption has been a global one; evident in nations across the world and spearheaded by the manufacturing and socio-economic booms experienced in highly populated countries such as China and India.

This has resulted in plans to increase energy generation to meet this rising demand, yet the challenge remains in how exactly to meet this demand, whilst at the same time, reduce carbon emissions.

This is where nuclear and renewable energy generation comes in and also where Fircroft is contributing to the future of the UK’s energy landscape. We are playing our part through the supplying of highly skilled engineers to fill roles generated by this renewed focus on nuclear energy in the UK.

Power and Energy Recruitment
Fircroft’s nuclear team provides a range of contract and permanent personnel to some of the UK’s biggest names within the Nuclear Engineering, Power Generation and Renewable Energy industries. With Britain’s commitment to low-carbon energy policies and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2050, it is a busy and exciting time to be working within this sector. As a result, we have responded to a range of different requirements over the past few years.
 
Whilst our focus has traditionally been on the decommissioning of existing UK power stations, this is likely to change. The announcement of the plans to build the first UK power plant for over 20 years indicates that our recruitment activity will adapt to work on the new roles required. Both the initial stages and after the plant is in use. This site is likely to herald a new age of nuclear power, but we expect our focus to remain on decommissioning as there are a number of sites that are currently in this process or will be entering it in the near future.

Fircroft’s Power and Energy Team
We have a dedicated Power and Energy team with bases in both Warrington and Whitehaven (close to the Sellafield nuclear site). The majority of the team focus on new and existing nuclear clients, but we also work with quite a niche sector – health physics visits. Almost all of the roles we recruit for are UK based and general requirements from clients dictate that you will need to have been living in the UK for more than three years in order to pass the stringent security checks required.

Making the Move to Nuclear
One of the things I have noticed over the past few years is an increased demand for unique CVs from our clients. The industry often recruits from quite a small pool sometimes so the same CVs can often come round time and time again. This puts newcomers to the industry in a strong position as they have different experience, yet many of the same required and transferrable skills.

The industry is quite transient, but there does seem to be a shift towards more permanent roles and to persuading those already on a contract to stay in their current roles. That said, there is still a wealth of opportunity for both existing workers and newcomers. Historically, we’ve placed a lot of newcomers in roles who have specialised in mechanical handling, whilst those with experience in the food and pharmaceutical industries often do well due to the similar, highly regulated nature of the sectors.
 
Personally, I think that bringing new people into the industry is crucial, as they can bring a fresh attitude and perspective to the industry. We’re always interested to hear from those who have unique CVs so please do get in touch with us or browse our current power and energy jobs.

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