England Associates has 3 shortlisted finalist for “Apprentice of the Year 2018”

From left to right: India James, Abi Robertson and Alfie Colmer

The hard work and dedication of our 2018 Apprentice intake has been formally recognised by the IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) with their nominations for Apprentice of the Year 2018.

The winner will be announced at the end of November 2018 in London where the REC (Recruitment Employment Confederation) are hosting the 10th Annual IRP awards.

David Sleeman – Head of Training & Development at England Associates says: This Apprenticeship program, introduced this year, is important to us as a business and more widely the industry as a whole. Providing a qualification and training program which equips our employees with the knowledge and understanding of the industry they have joined.

The whole team at EA wish the best of luck to our brilliant apprentices Abi Robertson, Alfie Colmer and India James for the award of ‘Apprentice of the Year 2018’ and their future careers in recruitment.

If you would to be part of our next Apprentice program or the Training Academy please get in touch with Tazmin Mansbridge at t.mansbridge@englandassociates.co.uk.


England Associates Apprentice’s Take Over

In April 2018 we launched a new apprenticeship programme for those looking to get into recruitment. Our previous entry-level recruitment schemes has been at great success with those with some office / customer service experience. However, this new programme allows us to take on those with no previous experience and deliver a NVQ Level 3 in Recruitment Consultancy via our training partner.

We asked our first 3 Recruitment Apprentices; Abi Robertson, Alfie Colmer and India James to tell us about their experience so far as an Apprentice at England Associates:

What is it like working at England Associates?


Working for England Associates has been a very rewarding experience so far; the whole office are dedicated to their sectors and the friendly environment made it easy to fit in and get stuck right in to the world of recruitment. It has been interesting as an apprentice being able to work in the different sectors of construction and housebuilding because I have had experience with working a variety of roles as well as contacting people within different positions to get a real feel for the whole recruitment structure we have in place.

How is the Apprenticeship going so far?


I feel the apprenticeship is going extremely well! The recruitment industry is engaging and full of educational information; this covering what it is like to be a part of the ‘work life’ to how to handle self-motivation.

What advice would you give to someone considering starting a Recruitment Apprenticeship?


If you are interested in taking on the NVQ Level 3 in Recruitment Consultancy, I would highly recommend to use the time given for 20% off job learning wisely as we are tested weekly on our knowledge to make sure we know the content. This is a great opportunity for anyone that is looking for a rewarding apprenticeship.

Keep a look out for further ‘Journey Journals’ from our Recruitment Apprentices and our Businesses Apprentices through our website ‘News & Blog’ page and our social media pages (Facebook: @englandassociates, LinkedIn: England Associates and Instagram: @englandassociates).


Q2 Training Academy Graduates

On Friday 15th June, Frankie Skan and Juliette Palmer-Cowell graduated from England Associate’s Training Academy. After taking on the 8-week course for a fast track into recruitment, they have now become independent Recruitment Consultants.

Frankie and Juliette showed great passion throughout the course and the outcomes were well deserved.

The ceremony was held at the England Associates office in Whiteley; in front of those who have witnessed Frankie and Juliette grow into the Recruitment Consultants they are today. Once the ceremony came to an end the celebrations continued with a meal and a bottle of Prosecco at a local restaurant.

The Head of Learning and Development, David Sleeman:

Congratulations to our Q2 Training Academy Graduates! Both Frankie and Juliette were a pleasure to work with over the last 8-weeks. They showed great passion for recruitment throughout the course and the outcomes were well deserved.

They have now joined their respective teams within our Housing & Construction divisions. I wish them every success for their future careers and I look forward to continuing to work alongside them.

We are proud to have Frankie and Juliette as a part of the team and we are excited for their future with England Associates.

We are now looking for our next intake of the Training Academy to follow the footsteps of Frankie and Juliette and the rest of our successful graduates. If you would like to apply to be a part of our next Training Academy you can find out more here:

Apprentice Recruitment Consultant

Trainee Recruitment Consultant


England Associates Awarded Accredited Centre status for Recruitment Training

We are delighted to announce that we have been successfully accredited by the REC and now approved to deliver training for the Certificate in Recruitment Practice (CertRP) Level 3.

This compliments and builds on the success we have had in training entry-level staff via our internal Training Academy and Apprenticeship programme, which have been recognised in both trade and local press for our investment in training and development.

This accreditation follows the REC reviewing all of our in-house training materials and processes which they confirm are up to the required standard to deliver the CertRP programme. We are now able to add this to our training portfolio and invest further in our staff to work towards this accreditation.

David Sleeman, Head of Learning & Development:

I am immensely proud that the training at England Associates is now officially accredited to the standard I knew we have been at for the last two years.

We take pride in delivering market leading training to those new to recruitment. This will now allow us to invest further in our existing staff and those with more experience to achieve their CertRP standard.

The CertRP programme contains six essential units from business development, personal branding and key selling through to recruitment legislation and more. It provides an excellent foundation for new and existing staff members to fully understand the complexity of the recruitment market and be able to speak authoritatively to both clients and candidates alike.

We are looking forward to ensure we maximise the opportunities this gives to us to improve the skills and capabilities of our team to introduce talented people into construction, defence, engineering, house building & property services markets nationally.

You can find out more about career opportunities at England Associates here. https://www.englandassociates.co.uk/join-our-team


Growth in the use of temporary workers signals employers confidence in market stability

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We recently saw a blog post from Recruitment Grapevine that got us talking about how the uncertainty around the UK economy could be affecting business use of temporary workers.

We asked David Sleeman to write down his thoughts:

I believe the use of temporary employees will continue to rise as we fast approach the BREXIT deadline.

The temporary resource model is not new;  supplementing a company’s permanent headcount allows flexibility to expand or contract resource without commitment when needed to meet project deadlines, deliverables or customer demands.

According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest job market outlook, 30% of business feel confident about their future prospects and 29% of businesses feel it’s getting worse. However these stats only makes up 59% of the study, so I am making the assumption that the other 41% must either not have an opinion, feel like it’s about the same, or did not even respond to the survey.

Yet despite these statistics I feel business confidence in line with the unstable economy will vary from sector to sector. England Associates works closely with both the Construction and House Building industry and future prospects appear to be positive. The use of permanent and temporary resource is equally in high demand and does not reflect the lack of confidence suggested in the job market outlook from the REC.

The biggest challenge we face is a lack of qualified candidates to meet that demand. We find our candidates through our many networks and close working relationships within the industry but this doesn’t meet the demand.

As REC’s Director of Policy, Tom Hadley states “It is encouraging that employers are feeling more optimistic about the UK economy…” I feel that as BREXIT arrives and then passes this optimism will increase and we may see a rise in permanent hiring strategy as companies start planning their recruitment for the next 18-24 months, post BREXIT.



7 Years on…

Long gone are the days in which having an online presence, as an employer, are optional. A businesses social media profile and their website are often one of the first touch points for a candidate and first impressions matter!

In my last post, I spoke about how quickly online technologies are developing, especially since I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in 2011 and initially drew the following conclusions.

“Although the fundamentals of recruitment will remain the same we need to adopt new methods to attract candidates. Employer branding will become more important than ever as we try to attract talent for the future”.

Seeing beyond the immediate response

One of the biggest frustrations we hear from Hiring Managers is that the ROI (return on investment) against the efforts it takes to keep social media profiles up-to-date with continuous reams of engaging content, is poor at best, within most organisation. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated marketing team who drive the content for you.

Although we recognise you are probably not going to make 5 high level appointments direct from your Twitter feed this is about investing in your employer brand, via YouTube or Facebook, in order to attract for medium to long-term needs.

Therefore, your online presence should become part of your recruitment process, enhancing your  existing recruitment tools.

For example, this time last year we completed a total re-brand at England Associates and re-invested in our content strategy across all our social media profiles. The short-term results were underwhelming. No direct applications and engagement was also less than expected.

However, when reviewing the last quarters stats we have seen an 80% increase in direct applications in the last 12 months against the previous year across all sources!

Entry interviews for new staff have shown than 100% of our internal hires looked at our website before their first interview and 80% viewed us via at least 1 other social media platform.

Passive Talent

When trying to entice skilled staff from competitors the salary is often what initially catches candidate’s  interest. Although, we all recognise it is often the cultural fit that will retain them for the long-term !

How are you attracting passive candidates?

  • Are you a work-hard-play-hard team who enjoy socialising together? Share pictures of your nights out!
  • Are you more focused on product innovation? Share information on the latest techniques you are using on site.
  • Alternatively, are you both of the above? Posting certain content you feel is appropriate to share on a specific platform.

Your online presence and how you are perceived online allows a candidate, passive or otherwise, to make the decision as to whether you are a potential future employer.

Next time we will take a look at how job boards are changing the dynamics of recruitment.

This post has been written by David Sleeman, any opinions expressed are that of the author, and not necessarily representative of the views held by England Associates.


Meet The New Specialist Recruiters

We are delighted to introduce 6 new members to the England Associates team. Click on their names to find out more:

Abi Robertson, Alfie Colmer, India James have joined the Training Academy as Apprentices; some of the first people to complete the  new NVQ Level 3 of Recruitment Consultancy.

Melissa Biro , also an apprentice, is joining our Business Support team.

Frankie Skan and Juliette Palmer-Cowell have joined our successful Training Academy, taking part in a 8 week training program for a fast track introduction to recruitment.



Supporting Future Talent

We are proud to support Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth on their ‘Get Ready for Work’ day on Thursday 15th of March.

Marketing & Talent Acquisition Manager, Marie Malyon, volunteered to hold a series of mock-interviews with Year 10 students, to help develop their confidence and interview skills.

Over the course of the school day Marie was able to meet ten students between the ages of 14-15 with careers aspirations from Hairdressing to being a Pilot and everything in between. We then provided feedback forms on both their CVs and interview skills.

With many of the students completing their studies summer 2019 we are excited to see what their futures hold!

If you are a local school, college or university who would be interested in England Associates supporting your students in CV writing, interview skills or job hunting tips please contact Marie on m.malyon@englandassociates.co.uk.


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2018 by Tazmin Mansbridge

This week I have been helping England Associates to celebrate NAW 2018 .

All week have been given full control over our social media profiles; having the ability to show what I do here as a Marketing Apprentice, the apprenticeship opportunities here at England Associates and generally sharing the word on how apprenticeships can actually help!

A big part of this week has been attending some great Apprenticeship Career Fairs:


I met my manager Marie at this fair this time last year. Going back to the South Downs Campus but on the other side of the stand felt a little weird. I wondered how nervous I was when I was looking compared to speaking to the current students looking and I have to say I think I was more nervous speaking to them. However, I knew what apprenticeships at England Associates could offer and was determined to express this to the students at HSDC.

I was also asked if I could film a short video to explain where I am now, how I got there and how that fair has helped me to get to that position. I had an amazing experience and was very pleased with the outcome of my networking!


Portsmouth College

I was unfortunately unable to attend this fair myself but my manager Marie did instead.

Here are her thoughts:

‘’I spent a productive few hours on Tuesday at Portsmouth College talking to students about apprenticeships as part of their career fair. We were able to meet with a good number of students planning for their options after they finish school and looking forward to catching up with them in a few months’ time.’’


Suella Ferndandes’s Apprenticeship Fair

This fair was full of surprises! The amount of confident and well-presented people that came and spoke to our stand was outstanding, many of them were even still at school. I have made some great connections and gained so many skills just by attending this fair. I have proven myself that I can actually do more than I thought if I put my mind to it.

The £100 Love2shop voucher competition that was up grabs went down well with the students as they took pictures of themselves in our hard-hat, hi-vis and headset then placed them on their social media platforms, with a tag of England Associates, for their chance to win. Find out who the winner was on our Instagram.


My social media takeover has meant many pictures of myself, no complaints yet, and was full of information on my work life at England Associates. The week started with the announcement of NAW 2018, spammed with Career Fair photoshoots and ended with an overview of what is an average day at England Associates for me, which I hope has given a sneak behind the scenes of what Apprenticeships are like in the workplace.

Please check out our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to see my latest post on NAW 2018.

Overall, this NAW was a great success for the business and myself and can’t wait to invite a number of people we have met for interview for the next few weeks.

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice at England Associates you can apply here.


The Construction Worker Life

If you work on a construction site you will know what I mean about…

Having nicknames for all the Pauls, Andys’ and Daves’ because there is always more than one on site.

Typically going through six cups of tea a day, followed with a biscuit for dunking or a slice of cake. Chances are a chocolate digestive as voted the most popular.

Your an early bird, whether you like it or not. Studies have shown the average time a construction site worker gets up is between 6am and being out the door no later than 7:30am.

Your shocked every time you see the mileage on your car/van as travelling to and from sites clocks up faster than you think.

The weather is your enemy, main topic of conversation and has more control over your work life than you would like.

Have I missed any? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn.

Written by Tazmin Mansbridge

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