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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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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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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