A recent national report has detailed that workers across the UK have a lack of access to skills development and training – however, leading recruitment agency Encore Personnel is going above and beyond to ensure its staff has the necessary training to thrive in their careers.
The report by the CIPD, (Chartered Institute of Training & Development – the professional body for HR and people development), “From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making the UK’s skills system world class“, highlighted that while overall satisfaction with work and jobs is reasonable, there are significant numbers who feel differently, with training and development showing up as really important. In fact, one in four workers (27%) say that their job does not offer good opportunities to develop their skills.
However, Encore wants to change these statistics by providing great career opportunities for its staff – something that saw the business invest £1m in staff training and growth opportunities last year.
Currently employing 250 workers in ten branches across the UK, Encore places thousands of workers each week and believes that the success and growth of the business has always been dependant on making Encore a great place to work, where its employees are given access to excellent training and career development opportunities.
This includes providing its staff with a management training academy, recruitment apprenticeships, internal training schemes and targeted personal development programmes with a ‘plan, do, review’ system which has proven to be very successful. Encore is also currently introducing a tailored graduate scheme across the business to attract bright and enthusiastic Consultants and Account Managers straight from university.
Encore is already reaping the benefits that come from developing its staff. Following the £1m investment in staff training last year, the team
went on to experience a record year with a turnover of £64.5m and is continuing to drive training initiatives throughout this year.
Pete Taylor, Operations Director at Encore, said: “The recruitment of talented consultants has become much more difficult over recent years and at Encore, we have always understood the importance of attracting and retaining raw talent by providing development and training opportunities.
“Once we’ve attracted someone who we recognise as being the perfect candidate to join Encore, we invest and commit profoundly to their onboarding, following which we invest in ongoing training and development – which has proved paramount to our success in retaining our people and upholding our culture and accolades.”
Cindy Gunn, HR Manager at Encore Personnel, added: “At Encore, we are not just dedicated to helping our candidates find great places to work, but also to providing a place in which our staff can thrive and have fun while doing so.
“Throughout this year, we will continue to invest in our people, training opportunities, reward initiatives and employee engagement schemes. I am very excited to see what 2018 brings for Encore.”