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Engineering a path to success: Portuguese engineers help fill roles in Norway
Engineers remain one of the most sought after group of professionals in Europe. However there are large discrepancies between where the engineers are based and where the jobs are. This is where EURES can help; a job fair in Lisbon has helped put highly qualified engineers in touch with the employers who need their expertise.
NECON is a well-established Norwegian engineering and consulting company, working predominately in the oil and gas industries. Due to the large amount of engineering work based in Norway and the country’s lack of engineers, NECON are always looking for highly qualified engineers to help fill roles within the company. They were one of many engineering companies who took part in the Lisbon Job Fair April 2013 and have since managed to hire various new recruits.
We spoke to Lars Tveit, Regional Manager at NECON, about his experience of the Job Day and NECON’s work with EURES. He said “We were looking to hire engineers and heard of the event being staged in Lisbon, we have only been working with EURES since January or February this year, so it is still relatively new for us.”
“We originally posted the vacancies that we had on the EURES portal in the weeks leading up to the event, so that we could attract jobseekers with the right background and experience. Through this we received around 600 applications from people who would be attending the job day. At the job day itself we had speed interviews with candidates, each lasting one minute. This gave us the chance to meet the candidates to get a clearer idea of who would fit into our organisation and also to make sure the candidates had the required English language skills.”
“After the event we were in contact with around 120 candidates and are now staying in touch with EURES to see how they can help us in the future. We have already hired one person from the job fair and are currently in the process of hiring several more. Overall the day was an overwhelming experience, in the sense of seeing so many highly qualified engineers in one place. For us it was a very important event to be a part of and we will almost certainly work with EURES again in the future.”
To make the job day a success it is important for EURES Advisers from different countries to work together. Norwegian EURES advisor Anne Live Nævdal explained how the day was organised. “First we promoted the website on our website and then also sent newsletters to employers that we think may be interested. We then combined with EURES in Portugal to make sure that candidates were well matched for the vacancies that were on offer. For EURES in Norway the day was a big success, there were 14 Norwegian companies and all of them found they day very useful. One company has already hired eight engineers from the event, though the majority of companies are still in the recruiting process.”