Category Archives: Industry News


Industry Interview: Opportunities and challenges for 2016

For our first Industry Interview of 2016 we look at the challenges and opportunities faced in the year ahead by different industry sectors.

We would like to thank Tom Gollan, Director of Construction at Doosan Babcock, Mark Goldsmith, General Manager at Pfaudler Balfour and Escape’s own Operations Director, Adrian Brady for sharing their thoughts on what lies ahead this year.

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The Forth Road Bridge – wishing for a Happy New Year!!

December didn’t get off to a great start for many Scottish commuters with lane restrictions and the closure of the southbound carriageway on the Forth Road Bridge due to the discovery of a defect in the steelwork of the 51 year old structure.
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2015: That was the year that was……

Key DatesAs we come to the end of 2015 we thought we’d take a look back at the year and share just some of the stories, achievements and highlights from the world of Engineering and Manufacturing.
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Industry Interview: Foundation Apprenticeships, bridging the skills gap in industry

Throughout 2015 employers have continued to highlight their concern over skills gaps within the engineering and manufacturing sectors. To create opportunities for the next generation of engineers to develop their knowledge, skills and gain recognised qualifications and a genuine understanding of the industry, a new engineering foundation apprenticeship started its two year pilot in 2014.

Helen Young, Depute Head of Engineering at West Lothian College, one of two Scottish colleges involved in the trial, caught up with us to let us know how the pilot is progressing after its first full year, share feedback from those on the course and learn how industry can get involved in developing talent for the future. Continue reading

Scottish Engineering – Quarterly Meeting

Scottish Engineering LogoAs active members of Scottish Engineering, our specialist recruiters regularly attend the quarterly regional meetings across Scotland.

Andrew Dow,  Engineering Recruiter  , based in Escape’s Glasgow office, attended one of their most recent events held at Peak Scientific.   Continue reading

Scottish Engineering 150th anniversary awards dinner

Scottish Engineering LogoThis year’s Scottish Engineering awards dinner, celebrating their 150 year anniversary, was a genuinely stirring and thought provoking event.

It was kicked off in excellent, patriotic style by the award winning Scottish Power Pipe Band which served to focus the audience on the real significance of the event. Continue reading

Industry Interview: Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy

sfdsa_logoAs 2015 celebrates Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, a recent Scottish Government report shows industry sector growth of 20% in four years. Currently employing 360,000 people, Scotland’s Food and Drink industry is estimated to be worth over £16bn by 2017 and will clearly play a significant role in Scotland’s future economic success.

To ensure the industry achieves its ambitious target, Food and Drink employers must look at how to attract, retain and develop talent into what is becoming an increasingly competitive sector.

Providing services and support designed to influence Government policy, develop new training initiatives and promote best practice, the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy (SFDSA) is one organisation focussed on skills development across the industry.

To find out more about the services they offer, where they fit into the supply chain and how Food and Drink organisations can benefit from their work, we spoke with Angie Foreman, Operations and Partnership Manager at SFDSA: Continue reading

Scottish Engineering – Quarterly Meeting – March 2015

Scottish Engineering LogoAs active members of Scottish Engineering, our specialist recruiters regularly attend the quarterly regional meetings across Scotland.

Tommy White,  Engineering Recruiter with Escape attended their most recent event held at Heliex Power in East Kilbride on 2nd March 2015.   Continue reading

Industry Interview: Laser-Based Production Processes

CfIM logoAt this year’s SMAS Annual Conference, we met with Veronica Ferguson, Industrial Outreach Officer from the ‘ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-Based Production Processes’ and heard how, as part of the UK National Centre led by Heriot Watt University, they are working with industry partners to develop new ways of using lasers in UK manufacturing, helping organisations across Scotland and the UK to take advantage of the latest innovations and developments in this rapidly growing field.

Intrigued to understand more about this growing, multi-billion dollar global industry we met up with Veronica after the conference to find out more: Continue reading