Grad Central, dedicated to matchmaking businesses and graduate talent in the West Midlands, has discovered manufacturing companies are keen to utilise specialist degree-level skills of graduates to stand out from the crowd just as the first quarter Manufacturing Outlook report highlights the best results since the start of the recession.
Lucy Cheatham, Marketing Director of Grad Central, explained: “Undoubtedly, the West Midlands has been hit hard by the recession and the manufacturing industry has formed a large proportion of the region’s success throughout financially difficult times. Businesses have realised that the dedication and commitment of their staff throughout this period has helped with this success.
“This is why Grad Central has seen an increased uptake in graduate placements within the manufacturing industry in the region because there is a generation of young talent out there who have the specialist experience gained from their university degrees. This is what is needed for this industry as well as candidates who exceed the compulsory criteria of technical manufacturing roles.”
One manufacturing business that has been successful is Worcestershire-based Morgan Technical Ceramics, a specialist manufacturer of ceramic products for a number of global markets, thanks to the help of Grad Central’s fee-free service, which is manned by an expert team of recruitment specialists helping both businesses and graduates.
Ken Ash, Human Resources Manager at Morgan Technical Ceramics, commented: “The biggest challenge when we were looking for the ideal candidate to join our experienced workforce was the understanding behind the nature of the business and the niche skills this role requires. However, Grad Central was the first agency to truly understand our criteria and went above and beyond its duties to search for someone who would fit the bill down to the very last detail.”
Morgan Technical Ceramics were impressed with the high calibre of candidates put forward by Grad Central and selected Alice Vincent, a Chemical Engineering graduate based in Bromsgrove to join its ever-growing team as Materials Engineer.
Alice explained: “When looking for a job, I wanted to utilise my degree level skills as much as possible, but finding an appropriate job with my specialisms in material science and ceramics was tough. Landing this job with Grad Central’s help at Morgan Technical Ceramics was better than I could have ever dreamed of.
“Grad Central was very supportive from start to finish, and with a comprehensive team helping me every step of the way, I felt confident and prepared to start my career.”
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