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HCIGs breaking the recruitment mould

HCIG’s breaking the recruitment mould

Recruitment firm Human Capital Investment Group (HCIG) is pleased to announce it has been selected as a finalist of one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards, the Financial Mail on Sunday’s Breaking the Mould awards.

Held in association with the 30% Club – an organisation committed to getting more women into boardrooms – the Breaking the Mould awards were established to celebrate those companies doing the most to create a pipeline of female leaders of the future.

HCIG will be joining other finalists including Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone and global accountancy firm Ernst & Young, at a gala ceremony on 19 February, held at the Institute of Directors, London. Home Secretary and Minister for Women Theresa May will present the prizes.

Lisa Buckingham OBE, editor of Financial Mail said the quality of entries has been impressive and it is tremendously encouraging to hear of the array of schemes underway.

“The belief that women will rise to the top without some kind of new corporate thinking no longer exists.”

“Our awards not only recognise forward thinking companies but encourage a sharing of best practice so that all companies will see what can be done and in time, seek to emulate the very finest of what is being celebrated at these awards.”

“I am thrilled at the enthusiasm with which these Awards have been met by businesses, professional service companies and the public sector. I hope others will be encouraged to enter in future years,” she added.

Commenting on the Awards, HCIG COO Adam Herron says: “As an investor in people, HCIG believes in developing careers and nurturing talent.”

“It is people that add value to everything we do – and developing the next generation of female leaders forms part of HCIG’s plans for growth.”

Despite some sectors of recruitment being traditionally male-dominated, HCIG is reversing this trend with approximately 60% of the company’s total workforce made up of women.

HCIG Women’s Mentorship Program mentor, CEO of Caritas Recruitment, Debbie Smith, is a passionate supporter of promoting more women to higher level positions in recruitment businesses.

When Smith joined HCIG in January 2009 to start-up Caritas, now a leading UK agency in social care recruitment, she was inspired to further promote more women to management and director/board level roles within all companies across HCIG.

As a member of the Recruitment International Women in Recruitment Group and Inspirational Women’s Network, Smith utilises her position as a role model to develop other women in HCIG, not only to help them aspire to and reach high-level senior positions within the company, but also to serve as inspiration for other entrepreneurial women who want to start their own business.

“HCIG’s innovative mentorship program has a clear line of career progression – with a staggered step-by-step process that ensures women are paired together based on shared interests and career relevance.

“This ensures from a career progression and personal development point of view that these women are learning the skills and knowledge they need to take the next step in their career,” she explains.

“Another key innovation of the program is the fact that employees have access to women in leadership positions from up to nine different recruitment agencies, each with their own company culture and way of operating.”

In recognition of her efforts as a role-model for women in recruitment (and business in general) Debbie Smith was shortlisted for the & lsquo;Business Woman of the Future’ category at the 2012 Women of the Future Awards.

Mentoree testimonial: “Having the chance to be mentored from someone outside my own company (and who doesn’t manage me on a day-to-day basis) was invaluable because I felt more open to sharing my personal goals and career aspirations. The flexibility to have more & lsquo;informal’ meetings off-site also made it more comfortable for me.”


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