Oxfordshire Apprentice Awards

Oxfordshire Apprentice Awards

School Engagement Employer Award - Highly Commended

A couple of weeks ago The Burford Recruitment Company were nominated by OxLEP Skills in the ‘School Engagement Employer Award’ category at this years' Oxfordshire Apprentice Awards.  The School Engagement Employer Award is a new award created to "recognise organisations that have exceeded normal standards and expectations in engaging with local schools and colleges to inspire the next generation".

It was a huge honour to be nominated and even more so to make the final three. It was also a little bit of David versus Goliath, being up against some pretty big organisations in Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd and Pearson Education, both of whom have made huge efforts to engage with local school especially during the pandemic, and while we did not win we were delighted to come away with a 'Highly Commended' Award which arrived in the post this week and now sits proudly beside our WOBA.

Working with OxLEP Skills as Enterprise Advisors over the last year has been really rewarding and we would encourage any business that wants to engage with the community and especially with local schools and colleges to get in touch.

 

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Andy Hudson Shaw – Recruitment Partner – IT & Technical

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IT & Engineering expert joins the team!

The Burford Recruitment Company are delighted to announce that Andy Hudson-Shaw has joined the team as a Recruitment Partner to further expand the Technical division, focusing on recruitment in the IT and Engineering sectors.

Andy has over 20 years' experience in the recruitment industry, predominantly recruiting for Engineering and IT roles across the Oxfordshire and Thames Valley region. He has recruited for roles ranging from IT Support, Software/Web Development, Project Management through to Senior appointments. On the Engineering side, his experience covers Electro/Mechanical, Design/Production, Quality from Engineers through to Management level roles. Andy is a Certified DiSC trainer who is keen to ensure that the people he works with are closely matched in terms of both technical and interpersonal skills.

Andy joins Chris Hannah (Manufacturing & Supply Chain) and Maxine Harper (Industrial) ensuring The Burford Recruitment Company can support our clients with all areas of Technical Recruitment.

Andy says “After a couple of years out of recruitment I was keen to join a company that has the same values and approach to business as I do, honest, transparent and commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Knowing Chris and Jodie well was also a great incentive as I know that the culture on the inside is exactly as it is projected on the outside”.

 

 

Jodie Hannah, The Burford Recruitment Company founder says, “I have known Andy for 17 years having previously worked together, and I am really excited that he has chosen to join us. Not only does Andy add a wealth of knowledge regarding IT & Engineering recruitment, but we also know he is going to be a massive part of the continued growth and success of The Burford Recruitment Company as a whole”.

If you would like to talk to Andy about how he can help you with your IT and Engineering recruitment needs, you can contact him on andy@burfordrecruitment.co.uk or call 01993 225055.

 

The Burford Recruitment Company helps businesses build great teams in Office & Professional, Technical, Creative and Finance recruitment.

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Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2021

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School Engagement Employer Award - Finalists

In 2020 our Directors, Jodie and Chris and our Andy (our new Recruitment Partner) became Enterprise Advisors to help local schools and colleges engage with businesses in order to develop their careers programs.

Throughout the last year they have all worked with Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP Skills) and the local schools and colleges to:

  • Participate in both face to face (Pre pandemic) and virtual mock interviews with students from various schools
  • Provide on line presentations on soft skills to students and course representatives
  • Provide free CV advice and writing services to students approaching graduation
  • Introduced careers leaders to businesses around Oxfordshire through networking
  • Ensured all students throughout Oxfordshire would have access to free CV and interview guidance throughout 2021 through participation in the 'Find your Future' virtual careers platform

Enabling Jodie and Chris to work with the schools, and to take the time to create and provide the content has been a real team effort, and everyone at The Burford Recruitment Company were delighted to be nominated for the ‘School Engagement Employer Award’ by OxLEP at this years' Oxfordshire Apprentice Awards.

The School Engagement Employer Award is a new award created to "recognise organisations that have exceeded normal standards and expectations in engaging with local schools and colleges to inspire the next generation".

Following the Awards Committee meeting, The Burford Recruitment Company has been selected as one of the three School Engagement Employer Award finalists...

  • The Burford Recruitment Company
  • Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd
  • Pearson

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2021 take place on May 6th 2021.

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Maxine Harper – Senior Recruitment Consultant – Professional & Technical

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We are expanding our temporary and contract offering...

Welcome to the team!

The Burford Recruitment Company have expanded our team, and welcome Maxine in the role of Senior Recruitment Consultant to manage temporary and contract recruitment across the Professional and Technical sectors.

Maxine's focus will be on developing our offering, ensuring clients receive the same 'Award-Winning' service which saw The Burford Recruitment Company receive a prestigious West Oxfordshire Business Award in 2020 for our permanent recruitment service.

We have been watching the employment market closely during the last 12 months, and having noted an increase in demand for temporary and contract professional and technical staff, we believe our clients will immediately benefit from Maxine's arrival and her expertise. Having already spent 5 years working within local recruitment businesses, Maxine is keen to use her experience to continue helping Oxfordshire businesses.

 

Maxine says “I am thrilled to join The Burford Recruitment Company. They are a modern, friendly, professional company and extremely passionate about what they do. I am excited to be part of that and look forward to building strong relationships with both our pre-existing and future clients”.

 

 

Maxine - Senior Recruitment Consultant

Chris Hannah, Managing Director says, “We have been aware of Maxine, and have been keen to bring her on board for a number of years now. Over the last 12 months, we have noticed a big increase in demand for temporary and contract roles... Maxine’s level of  experience, professionalism and friendly style make her the ideal person to further grow this aspect of our business and meet our client’s needs”.

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If you would like to talk to Maxine about how she can help you with your recruitment needs, you can contact her on maxine@burfordrecruitment.co.uk or call 01993 225055

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Sarah Owens – Kickstart Scheme

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We are excited to announce that The Burford Recruitment Company have created a Recruitment Team Administrator position as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Sarah Owens started a 6 month placement in March 2021 and has immediately hit the ground running, bringing a positive enthusiastic attitude to all the tasks she is set, and a desire to learn and contribute to the team.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme supports employers who are able offer a six month work placement for young people. Importantly, these placements must provide regular paid work which is of value, and which will help young people to develop transferrable skills for their future career. The purpose of the scheme is to improve employability, and the chances of sustained employment for those particularly at risk of long term unemployment (16-24-year-old age group).

 

This is achieved through the creation of new jobs that might not otherwise exist, providing work which incentivises positive behaviours to make young people more attractive to future employers and improve their readiness to transition into long term employment, giving them the confidence and competence to succeed.

What can Sarah expect?

Sarah will receive on-the-job training in a busy office environment, developing soft skills such as communication and teamwork. She will receive mentoring, careers advice and support with CV and interview preparation, and if it is not possible to extend the placement at the end of six months, we will also be best placed to ensure that she receives expert support in finding her next role.

All employers can now apply for the Kickstart scheme and we would definitely recommend it!

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Enterprise Advisors – The Burford Recruitment Company

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The Burford Recruitment Company are very proud to share with you that our two Directors, Chris and Jodie have completed their DBA checks and safeguarding training and are now officially Enterprise Advisors. They will both be working with the careers teams at Abingdon & Witney College (and other secondary schools), as well as OxLEP Skills and The Careers & Enterprise Company to link schools and colleges to employers and help them to deliver world class careers support for all young people by:

1. Building Networks
2. Supporting Careers Leaders
3. Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks

The Enterprise Adviser Network matches schools and colleges with senior business volunteers to help create powerful, lasting partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and careers programme providers and we are excited to be part of it!

 

 

How can you or your business help to support local schools and colleges?

 

Join the Enterprise Adviser Network!

What is the Enterprise Adviser Network?

The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network matches schools and colleges with senior business volunteers to help create powerful, lasting partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and careers programme providers. As an Enterprise Adviser, you will take your passion for raising aspirations of young people and combine it with your skills and strategic thinking.

An Enterprise Adviser is a volunteer from business who works closely with the headteacher or Senior Leadership Team of a school or college to provide strategic support. An Enterprise Adviser uses their business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective careers strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education. Over 2,500 individual senior business volunteers now support the new workforce of Careers Leaders in schools and colleges. A recent survey of Enterprise Advisers indicated that 82% of Enterprise Advisers intend to continue next year with their role, and 92% believe they have built a new skill through the work with schools and colleges.

How can you help?

Research shows that performance against the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision, is stronger in schools and colleges who are in the Enterprise Adviser Network and working with an Enterprise Adviser, than whose who receive no support.

An Enterprise Adviser adds value by:

  • Providing an employer’s perspective on what businesses are likely to be willing to do and what opportunities businesses would value;
  • Supporting the school or college’s senior leadership team to develop a school or college strategic plan to ensure every young person receives meaningful employer encounters and workplace experiences - you are not expected to be an expert in the Careers landscape to do this!
  • Engaging with local businesses and employers in your network to encourage their involvement in activities at the school or college;
  • Helping schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and enabling positive outcomes for young people.

What will I need to do?

Our Enterprise Advisers come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired. As an Enterprise Adviser you can use your unique business experience to inspire young people and prepare them for when they leave education. Careers education is improving everywhere – research from The Careers & Enterprise Company’s State of the Nation 2019 report shows that 2 million secondary aged children are now engaging with employers regularly in 3,800 participating schools and colleges. Ofsted has reported improvements: “The current picture is much more encouraging than has been the case in the past...We saw evidence of integrated, coherent and effective careers strategies in more schools.” Your input could help shape the careers education strategy in your local school or college, better preparing young people for the world of work.

You’ll gain new skills working with the senior leadership in a school and use your network to bring the right people together. The typical time commitment is circa 8 hours per month, over the academic year.

I have never done anything like this – who can I speak to?

You will be supported throughout the journey by a local Enterprise Coordinator, who will help to build the relationships with local schools and colleges.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to help support your local school or college in delivering world class careers guidance to students, getting involved is simple – to register your interest, click here.

 

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WOBA WINNERS – Cally Robson Award 2020

WOBA WINNERS – Cally Robson Award 2020

Four years ago, when we were preparing to launch the business, we had a conversation about what we wanted to achieve in the first 5 years. Many of the things we spoke about have now been achieved. We have steadily grown, moved into our own office, employed our first member of staff, and importantly remained profitable. However, the very first thing on our founder Jodie’s list was to win a West Oxfordshire Business Award (WOBA)…

A number of our clients, and many of the best and well regarded businesses in West Oxfordshire are either previous winners or have been involved in the awards in some other way during the 10 years they have been running, whether that is through sponsoring  an award or being part of the WOBA judging team.

We were therefore really excited to be finalists this year in not one, but two categories (New Business Award and Micro Business Award). The virtual awards ceremony took place on Friday afternoon, and I have to admit we were disappointed not to take either of those awards home.

That disappointment was short lived however and we were delighted (and stunned as you will see if you watch the video clip below!) to be presented with the prestigious Cally Robson Award! This award in particular is incredibly special for a number of reasons…

The Cally Robson Award commemorates an inspirational former member of the WOBA Team. It is not an award that you can enter, this award is presented by the WOBA judges to the finalist that best represents the WOBA values of entrepreneurship, innovation, and a sense of community. With so many great businesses in the finals to be recognised in this way was just amazing.

I would recommend that any business in the West Oxfordshire area should get involved in the WOBAs when they return in 2022 (after 10 years they are having a year off). I certainly hope that there will be an opportunity for us to contribute going forwards in some capacity. To get involved or find out more about the awards visit http://woba.org.uk/ or to watch the award presentation you can visit

 

 

 

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Flexible Recruitment for our Clients

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Flexible Recruitment Solutions in a Changing Market

Whatever your need, we have the recruitment model to suit your business...

I am sure that we have all heard the expression "we are all in the same boat" when it comes to Covid-19 but that just isn't the case! We may all be bobbing about in the same storm, but each boat is a different shape and size, with a different cargo and crew...

Whatever the size and shape of your business, it is likely that the economic consequences of the lockdown have impacted in some way, and with the economy likely to take some time to recover, businesses are going to need to to be agile in order to maximise their opportunities and not only survive but thrive!

With this in mind, we have developed a number of flexible recruitment models designed to make it easy for our clients to increase their headcount when they need to, whilst minimising any risk...

 

PERMANENT & CONTRACT RECRUITMENT

Like any business,  we too want to reduce our risk in the current times, so in addition to our standard terms for contingent recruitment services (competition with other agencies), we are introducing 2 new models that provide outstanding value for money and a win win for ourselves and our clients...

 

The Partnership Model - Our partnership terms provide a significantly reduced fee %, as well as monthly payment options (at 0% interest), helping minimise cost and cash flow concerns). They also include an extended rebate scheme, in exchange for exclusivity on vacancies for an agreed period.

 

The Retained Model - For companies needing more support in the overall recruitment process, clients can choose the retained model, and have access to their own internal recruitment team from as little as £250 a month. Your dedicated Recruitment Partner can assist you or your Hiring Managers with job description creation and salary bench marking as well as creating and managing recruitment campaigns, and supporting the interview and offer process, making recruiting the perfect addition to your team easy.

TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT

To assist those clients who require additional cover, but do not know how long that might be for, or perhaps just want to try before they buy, we are now able to support our clients with a full temporary recruitment service on a weekly or monthly time-sheet/invoice basis. Our Office & Professional, Marketing & Creative, and Accountancy & Finance specialists will ensure that they find you the right fit for your team, even if you only require them for a week.

 

 

For more information on any of the products and to see if we can help you visit our client services page or  contact us on info@burfordrecruitment.co.uk  

 

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Woodgrove Farm – Our new home

Woodgrove Farm – Our new home

First Impressions Count – Protect Your Brand

When partnering with a recruitment agency, it is important to remember that to your candidates, the recruitment agency is an extension of your business.

Our offices, located in a converted stable on the outskirts of Burford, will provide a great first impression to candidates that come to register with us. Our aim is to provide a friendly and professional space where candidates can come to receive a consultative service, and one that differentiates us from the quick turnaround, revolving door that many see as the mark of the ‘high street’ recruitment agency.

 

Helping Candidates Adapt to a Changing Job Market

Helping Candidates Adapt to a Changing Job Market

Jodie, Carla and I wanted to share some thoughts on how recent events may impact on your search for a new role, what you need to do to give yourself the best chance of finding the role you are looking for, and how The Burford Recruitment Company can help you to adapt to the changing job market.

A CHANGING JOB MARKET

COVID-19 has already had a major impact on individuals and businesses, and it is likely that it will continue to cause major disruption for months to come. It remains unclear what damage will be done, however we have been warned that it is just not possible to “save every job and every business”, and that we should prepare for the fact that large numbers of people are likely to find themselves out of work, as businesses close or cut costs to stay afloat.

We must all accept that the job market is fundamentally changing. The number of people looking for work is going to increase significantly, while at the same time the number of available roles is likely to reduce, increasing competition and turning what has been a ‘candidate market’ on its head. You must therefore adapt or be left behind!

Increased competition, and increased applications for each available role means your CV needs to be of good quality, and your recruitment partners need to know your preferences in what is likely to be a changing market.

 HELPING YOU ADAPT

We have been working hard to make changes that will help you adapt, and ensure that they are in the best possible position to succeed in their search for a new role:

YOUR DATA – Our ‘Online Registration’ and ‘Yourdata’ process has been improved to make it as simple as possible for you to first register, and then keep us updated on your changing situation, ensuring you only receive information regarding roles that match your specific requirements.

ONLINE CV SERVICE – Your CV needs to be fit for purpose to get you the interviews you deserve and keep your career on track. We have just launched our Online CV service’ which through to August 31st will remain at an introductory rate of just £25, with a completed CV beling delivered via email within 3 working days. This package complements the ‘Professional CV Service’ which we have also temporarily reduced to £50.00.

SOCIAL MEDIA – Our community on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter continues to grow. Follow us any forum and receive updates with new opportunities, as well as tips and advice on successfully navigating the job market.

 Should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email us at info@burfordrecruitment.co.uk.

 

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