Skilled Trades Recruitment

We’re a reliable source of skilled trades personnel, from electricians and bladers to millwrights

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We are the world’s largest engineering staffing provider; there is no better partner for your skilled trades recruitment. The unrivalled strength of our candidate network means we will provide qualified skilled trades professionals with industry-specific experience, whether within renewable energy or other heavy industrial market segments.

Trades people are the backbone of society.

Everything we rely on to live, work and play involves tradespeople, and yet there’s a known industry shortage of skillsets and businesses are struggling to access the expertise they need. NES Fircroft will help you overcome these challenges.

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From electricians to metal workers and mechanics, we will find the people to build, repair or programme your engineering needs and perform critical hands-on work to keep your site optimal. 

Our candidate database of qualified skilled trades professionals has been carefully constructed over the last 20 years. The talent we supply can relocate nationally and internationally to ensure key construction project checkpoints and deadlines are met, enabling the flexibility to support on either a short- or long-term basis.

We have a separate candidate network for skilled trades specialists aligned to local assignments and the provision of critical support for your manufacturing, assembly, design and process facilities and operations.

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Why work with NES Fircroft for your skilled trades recruitment?

We take the heavy lifting away when recruiting trades people. We pride ourselves on delivering a local service, building-up local expertise and deep candidate pools to embed ourselves as part of the engineering business community to make life easier for hiring managers. We’ll coordinate and manage all contractors’ compliance needs, including immigration paperwork, site-specific onboarding requirements and documentation, the maintenance of candidate safety qualifications and background records and all required insurances. We also manage contractor payroll.

We have a vast international candidate reach and unrivalled engineering industry connections through over 50 years of operation. Our status as the world’s largest engineering workforce solutions provider means that not only will you access the best trades candidates, but you can also rely on our tried and trusted methodologies and capability to manage large volumes of candidates simultaneously, ensuring smooth and hassle-free onboarding so workers can hit the ground running.

We draw from a quality candidate pool and understand the realities of what a career in skilled trades looks like; it’s a lifestyle, often accompanied by remote and/or isolated stints that won’t suit everyone. We will communicate all aspects of the opportunity and qualify talent against this to understand not only their technical skills, but their soft skills and personal career drivers, to ensure that we only match you with sustainable candidates who seek longevity in their career.

Our recruitment teams are discipline-specific and offer a variety of tailored recruitment solutions to suit your exact hiring needs. We cultivate skillset-specific candidate databases, allowing us to react quickly when finding individuals with the right project experience and equipment familiarity. Whether you need contractors to fill short-term gaps or manage the peaks and troughs of your operation, or permanent (direct) hires, we’ve got you covered.

Key positions recruited in Skilled Trades:

We source skilled trades personnel for manufacturing, new construction, outage, modification and maintenance projects. Our recruitment support includes sourcing qualified professionals across shop support, automation, design and production, engineering, quality control and repair operations, including:


Our broad talent networks are poised to manage your outages

Especially during the outage season, the skilled trades market is highly competitive, fast-moving and requires flexibility and communication. With our experience and developed talent networks, we drive an aligned and open recruitment approach. We have a wealth of experience in supporting technical and managing teams when coordinating planned outages, having worked with major original equipment manufacturers, contractors and service providers by delivering flexible workforce solutions.

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We’ll deliver skilled trades expertise to enhance your low, medium, and high voltage electrical Power Generation Equipment, including personnel experienced in:

  • Automation & Controls
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Generators & Turbines
  • Installation & Start-up
  • Maintenance
  • PLC & HMI Programming
  • Protection & Controls / Relays
  • Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Transformers
  • Switchgear / Switch Boards


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Why pursue a career in Skilled Trades?

You’re in demand

By pursuing a trade you’ll ensure job opportunities for life – the engineering world will always need practical and hands-on support to keep their operations running smoothly

Good compensation

Though you will likely spend a lot of time on the road, you’ll get good money for it and be well compensated for stints away from home, progressing much faster than in typical entry-level positions

Invaluable experience

This line of work will take you to a variety of new places where you’ll meet people and technologies from all over, which will quickly elevate your technical skills and build your confidence

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