The growing car industry in the Midlands is helping people who have not had a job in years get back to work. Many are not used to the quality control standards now demanded by firms like Jaguar Land Rover.
One of its suppliers has set up an academy to drill the message home to jobhunters that working in a factory is not as easy at it looks.
The number of people finding jobs through employment agencies has increased for the 25th month in a row, although the rate of expansion has fallen, according to a new report.
Permanent placements increased fastest in the Midlands during October, while the slowest growth was in the North.
Demand for staff was stronger in private firms rather than the public sector, while pay growth has slowed, said the report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.
The slowdown in salary growth comes as little surprise, with many businesses trying to balance the books in the wake of reduced growth and output in some sectors, uncertainty over our relationship with Europe in others, and a reticence to pay over the odds when the right skills seem to be lacking.
Inflation may be easing, but with many people either struggling on low incomes or still behind the earnings curve because of years of pay freezes, it is something employers will have to consider very carefully.
The Unite union says engineering skills will be difficult to replace if there's an increase in business at Rolls-Royce.
Yesterday the company, which employs workers in Derby and Hucknall, announced it was cutting 2,600 to save money and improve efficiency.
The company employs staff in Derby, Hucknall, Warwick and Ansty near Coventry.
Rolls-Royce has announced that thousands of jobs are to go as part of a programme to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
The company said 2,600 jobs will be lost over the next 18 months, mainly in the Aerospace division.
The firm employs staff at four locations in the Midlands, including its Derby HQ. The chief executive said these job cuts will not be the last. James Clark reports.
Rolls Royce has announced that thousands of jobs are to go as part of a programme to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the company.
The company says 2,600 jobs will be lost over the next 18 months, mainly in the Aerospace division.
In the Midlands, that will affect the company's sites in Derby, Hucknal in Nottinghamshire, Warwick, and Ansty, near Coventry. But it is not yet clear how many of the job losses will be at these sites.
We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last, however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company. We will work closely with employees and their representatives to achieve the necessary reductions on a voluntary basis where possible, while making sure we retain the skills needed for the future.
More than a thousand engineering students are gathering at Derby's Roundhouse today to meet with representatives from leading engineering companies.
The Graduate Engineer & Science Show aims to encourage young people to pursue a career in science, and to match employers with promising students.
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A record number of young women have started work at Staffordshire-based JCB as apprentices.
The group - who have just completed their first week at the company - have been recruited as part of JCB's Young Talent initiative, which has just created more than 100 new jobs for apprentices, graduates and undergraduates.
The new female apprentices come from all over the Midlands, including Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Rugeley, Stone, Solihull and Newcastle.
Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme for unemployed youngsters, to give them the experience they need to secure a job.
Working with national training provider Babington Group, Chatsworth has introduced the 20-week programme to the first cohort of 12 young people aged from 16 to 19 years.
Designed for young unemployed people who have no work experience, the programme gives candidates the opportunity to work within different functional areas across the estate.
Traineeships involve visitor guiding, gardening, retail, and working in the farm shop and warehouse.
"Here at Chatsworth, we're keen to take an active part in helping young people in our local area into work."
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