Gemma is a recruitment consultant with 15 years’ experience in technical engineering recruitment. She specialises in the sourcing and placement engineering professionals within the rail, automotive and off highway industries.
Gemma is adept at recruiting hard-to-find candidates, from skilled professionals through to senior management appointments on both a contract and permanent basis.
Gemma has worked with SMEs and larger corporates managing the service from start to finish. Her consultative and partnership approach allows her to form long-term, productive relationships with her clients.
In May I attended Railtex 2019, the UK’s largest and leading exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services. Over 400 exhibitors from 22 countries were in attendance, with attendees ranging from total railway systems, major rolling stock companies and signalling suppliers, to the smallest specialised components. It is a fascinating time to be in rail, with noticeable changes having taken place since the last Railtex exhibition, which took place two years ago. Most significantly for the industry: The sector has just entered Control Period (CP6) five-year funding cycle for rail infrastructure worth £48 billion Network Rail is becoming increasingly devolved to a regional model We have a number of major projects at various stages of development – Crossrail, HS2, TransPennine Route Upgrade, Northern Powerhouse Rail, East West Rail and Crossrail 2, to name a few The rail industry strategic vision and Government targets to decarbonise and digitalise the network is shaping a modern renaissance in the industry CP6, which started on 1st April 2019, marks a crucial turning point for the industry and the perfect time to come together with its supply chain both Tier 1s and 2s as well as SMEs to discuss the challenges facing the industry. Industry and Government are committed to improving the productivity and competitiveness of the UK rail sector by transforming a railway network that is safe, reliable, efficient and fit to support growing passenger numbers. Technological advancements form a key aspect of fulfilling the strategy and at the exhibition, many examples of this 'digital' expansion was in evidence from Condition Monitoring Systems (both for track and Rolling Stock), Signalling, Safety Systems, such as Barrier Crossing sensors, and on mobile track safety equipment and were de rigour, as we countdown to digital rail. It was particularly positive to hear sector advocates Gordon Wakeford, Chair of the Rail Supply Group and Managing Director for Siemens Mobility UK as well as Anna DelVecchio, Commercial Account Director for Amey and Rail Sector Deal Co Lead, discuss the Rail Sector Deal and how it could benefit businesses right across industry. This includes a commitment to supporting SME development and new entrants into the rail market by driving innovation through procurement. Many businesses are already taking advantage of the opportunities. It was fantastic to speak to the Rail Alliance and hear about some of the collaborative R&D projects taking place at their new home, The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham. There is a particular emphasis on the use of technology to reap the benefits from the emerging trends in automation, intelligent mobility, and mobility as a service. To discuss how we can help source future skills within the rail sector, get in touch with me on 01384 446106 or Gemma.Skidmore@jonlee.co.uk.Gemma Skidmore
With large rail projects such as Crossrail, Crossrail2 and HS2 posing exciting infrastructure and rolling stock opportunities to businesses, from OEM to tier 5 suppliers, Gemma Skidmore, rail expert at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, discusses how the rail sector is calling upon skills development to meet project requirements. Following Gemma Skidmore's previous blog entry discussing the next generation of rail engineers, Gemma addresses how the sector can act here and now to relieve current skill shortage pressures.Gemma Skidmore
The UK rail industry is rapidly growing. With record levels of investment and a host of major projects either on the horizon or happening now, there has never been a better time to consider a career in the rail sector. However, the well documented skills shortage remains a concern for the industry. In this blog entry, Gemma Skidmore, Consultant at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, discusses the issues and initiatives in place to alleviate the skills shortageGemma Skidmore