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SEC Recruitment Wins APSCo Innovation Award for Excellence

SEC Recruitment Wins APSCo Innovation Award for Excellence

SEC Recruitment were presented with the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award for Excellence at the APSCo Awards ceremony held on 3rd November. This award was presented for their innovation in being the first UK recruitment company to implement the Government’s new apprenticeship programme to recruit and train new consultants for their business.

This follows on the back of winning The National Apprenticeship London Apprentice Employer of the Year Award 2011, as well as receiving Highly Commended in the Medium Employer of the Year category of the UK wide 2011 National Apprenticeship awards, and also being rated a top 100 Apprentice Employer earlier this year.

Innovation forms an intrinsic part of the SEC culture so Stuart Britton, Chief Executive for RDL Corporation (SEC Recruitment’s parent company), and SEC Recruitment Managing Director, Dan Prince, took the strategic decision in 2009 to create a brand new Apprenticeship programme suited to recruitment consultants. This incorporated an employment package with travel costs and upper quartile apprentice salaries complemented by bonuses and specific incentives designed to motivate apprentices within a recruitment industry environment.  Apprentices were selected using phone interviews and assessment days and then a tailored training programme involving e-portfolios, workshops, mentoring and in-house training were mapped into the standard Apprentice Customer Service framework.

Dan Prince said: “Traditionally, SEC has hired recruitment consultants with expertise within the recruitment industry or from within their areas of industry.  During 2009, the consultants we were hiring did not match up to the standard of previous years or to our current staff - they had not been well trained nor did they seem to have the right work ethic for our organisation. In addition, where we had looked to the graduate market to recruit for our entry-level consultant roles, there was a big shortfall in graduates with the right skills for recruitment and personality fit for SEC. This was when we decided to implement the Apprenticeship programme which would have a dual objective – firstly source and onboard talented new recruits for our business and secondly to give something back by providing an opportunity to talented and hard-working young Londoners who were struggling to find their first job.”

As a result of developing the Apprenticeship Programme more than 50 recruitment companies have copied the SEC Recruitment model and several hundred recruitment companies will be using apprenticeships during 2012, introducing thousands of new recruits into the industry. Without this innovation, which was used in extensive publicity by the National Apprenticeship Service, the industry may not have as readily adopted this strategy which not only provides cost savings for the recruitment companies, it provides opportunities for keen young people to join a vibrant industry.

Stuart Britton added: “ Since launching the programme in January 2010, we have trained 12 apprentices and seven have graduated to full recruitment consultant status, finding jobs for more than 50 IT, business intelligence and analytics professionals. To date our apprentices have generated &pound900,000 worth of business. The Apprenticeship programme has enabled SEC to grow during tough economic times and will be responsible for 30% of company growth during 2011.  It has also enabled us to diversify into new sectors of business and open up opportunities to trade with large established global brands. “

APSCo’s statement on the SEC Recruitment win: As the first company in recruitment to recognise the opportunity presented by the Government Apprenticeship scheme, SEC Recruitment has managed to combine Corporate Social Responsibility with a real bottom line benefit to their organisation. They have led the way in the development of young talent to enhance their own business and the recruitment profession as a whole.

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