Companies in Essex are finding it harder than ever to recruit skilled workers, with the majority of businesses struggling to make the hires they need.
Skills shortages were reaching “critical levels” in the last quarter of 2018, putting future growth at risk with a record number of firms reporting recruitment difficulties.
With many companies competing for the same pool of talent, what can employers do to expand their reach beyond what are viewed as traditional employment markets and recruit the staff they need from alternative areas?
IoD Essex is delighted to bring together a panel of experts to offer solutions to this problem and give employers some alternative ideas to help ensure their business growth is not limited by a lack of skilled employees in their company.
Ross Chaplin - Owner, The Training Team Ltd and IoD Essex Skills AmbassadorRoss has been in the training industry in the UK for nearly 20 years and works delivering management, leadership, coaching and mentoring qualification programmes that are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). As a qualified coach Ross personally delivers coaching and mentoring programmes for those who wish to be workplace coaches and for organisations who wish to introduce a coaching culture. Ross also works with business owners as a mentor, offering business development support in a variety of areas, such as setting strategy, planning, sales and finance.Andrew Sparks – Principal and CEO Chelmsford CollegeAndy joined the College in September 2014 with 19 years’ experience working in Further and Higher Education across a number of vocational sectors. After starting as a new blood lecturer at Suffolk College in 1995 he progressed through the ranks, becoming a Senior Teaching Practitioner. Andy’s managerial career began at Otley College where he took up the post of Curriculum Manager of Technology and latterly Director of Business Services before joining Writtle College as Head of Further Education. Following the success of the Ofsted Inspection to Good during December 2017, Andy was invited to join the East of England Ofsted Appeals Panel. In July 2018 he was also invited to become a Director of the ACER Board. Ian Banks FIRP - Director and Head of Talent Acquisition, One to One PersonnelAfter running a previous recruitment business for 10 years Ian set up One to One Personnel in 2004, a boutique recruitment agency investing in state-of-the-art technology with an old school integrity and service. Currently his business employs 12 consultants and support staff with over 175 years of combined industry expertise. One to One Personnel helps SMEs and Blue Chips across the UK to grow their businesses with bespoke recruitment solutions that are geared to attract the best talent and improve staff retention. Over the years Ian has seen a lot of change in the way businesses approach recruitment and peoples attitude to work. Technology has a big part to play and One to One Personnel has had to adapt to new methods of attraction to find the best people in a rapidly changing environment. His depth of knowledge in the recruitment sector spans over 23 years so Ian is well placed to offer practical advice and educated views from his first-hand experience of the industry. Jane Stock - Organisational Development Director, Weston Group Plc. Weston Group are a property developer who operate across the South East Of England. Jane has been with the business for over 20 years and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2008, moving across from her accountancy background to take responsibility for Human Resources.
David Carey - Head of Organisation Development , Aspiring SolicitorsDavid is an experienced Organisation Development professional with a wealth of experience designing, developing, implementing and managing business-focused solutions. David has developed a wide scope of knowledge and skills working strategically and operationally as a permanent and interim manager in private and public sectors, within complex and multi-disciplinary organisations. He has designed, developed, commissioned and implemented organisation development programmes, developing knowledge and skills, by identifying solutions for business needs aligned with business priorities in partnership with stakeholders across organisations.
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