End of July

It’s been a hectic month with the launch of Growing Talent 6 and the planning for Growing Talent 7 almost simultaneously – still keeps me out of trouble.


Growing Talent 6 is going well with the remaining eight Associates.  This week I’ve been to see Joshua working with the Mitie TDM’s mail and distribution team based at Hays Galleria….

Joshua and team

Wearing a stand out stripped shirt, Joshua is doing well, supported by his team – Jeff, Lys, Rob, Joshua, Jerry and Simon.  Also part of the Mitie supergroup is Mehmet based in More London with the print team.  See below with Jordan……………..

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All eight are focussed on the end goal – that regular salary!


On top of this I learnt about Growing Talent’s shortlisting for Personnel Today awards and my nomination for HR business Partner award – what a month.  What will August bring???????







Yay………. Growing Talent is shortlisted!!!!!



PwC I&P who back Growing Talent have been shortlisted by Personnel Today under their Innovation in Recruitment category.  This is a huge achievement considering the age of the programme which only began in Feb 2014.


As Architect of the programme it’s a privilege to work will all partners.  However, for me the biggest prize is getting someone into work.  Growing Talent has now got over 40 fabulous Growing Talent Associates (formerly known as unemployed)  into work including some great talent in their mid-fifties!


When I reflect back to what the partnership has achieved since Feb 2014, I’m amazed!  We now have a website – http://www.growing-talent.co.uk – designed by a brilliant niche organisation – Shine Design, a twitter @Growing_Talent and a linked in page.  Copyrighted manuals for the Orientation and Holistic week give great onward learning.  In addition strong relationships have been built with  JobCentre Plus – under the District Director for London and the Home Counties along with stalwart supporters – Portico, Harrow Green, Mitie, Iron Mountain, Aramark, Pertemps, Property Research Co, UpTownOil, Honeywell, Baxter Storey, Red Personnel, MHFAEngland and Wilson James.


It’s amazing what can be achieved through the power of working together and dogged determination!


Winners announced on 30 November.

Growing Talent 6

GT 6


We commenced on 13 August with onsite placements for nine people.  Joshua joined Mitie Total Document Management, Mehmet joined Mitie in the print design department, Marta joined Pertemps, Stephanie and Marli joined Property Research Co – a new employer to Growing Talent – Shay joined Portico at Canary Wharf and Leah joined them at Chiswick Park, James & Chelsea joined Wilson James – another new employer!


After a fun week on the orientation, they guys were largely split up across the employers and won’t see each other again until the holistic week commencing 17 August.


First week saw the first casualty – Stephanie didn’t work out but luckily secured a summer job as a Royal Palace assistant.


All the others are progressing well!


Just planned out their holistic week where we will cover the global Mental Health First Aid course, personal finance, nutrition on a budget, keeping fit without the gym as well as an art class and declutter your life – declutter your mind!  Should be an interesting, full on week.


It’s amazing how the guys support eachother despite different backgrounds/situations they are in.  Check out more about their progress at http://www.growing-talent.co.uk.

100% Success for all Starters!

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Growing Talent 5 – the most successful group yet.  100% of all starters completed and went into work!  Seen here with some previous Growing Talent Associates who returned to encourage the guys.  Comfort from the pilot has been working successfully with Honeywell since completion, Caroline & James from Growing Talent 2 is still working with Iron Mountain.  Josh from Growing Talent 4 working with Harrow Green and Kavita from Growing Talent 4 still working with Aramark!  #PeoplePower!



For the first time in the short history of Growing Talent, all 11 who started the programme have completed and started their permanent jobs!  Despite a few early day wobbles from some, they rallied with support and encouragement to have the confidence to prove themselves, staying the course for the entire three months!


Jose secured his dream role in HR with Harrow Green after years of working in hospitality roles.

Shanika left retail behind and joined Harrow Green in their niche customer service team supporting all the business moves for their clients.

Jason, Bradley & Gavin all secured Porter roles at Harrow Green’s depots despite having little recent employment experience.

Alechenu joined Mitie Total Document Management in their rapid response team – part of the wider Service Solutions offering at one of their global client’s London sites.

Reece also joined Mitie Total Document Management in their Archiving division.  This team looks after all the Firm’s data – a huge responsibility!

Shennell & Alex both join Iron Mountain as Data/Project specialists after a long period of not really knowing what direction to so in.

Reese joins MHFAEngland as a Data Entry specialist

Camilla joins Portico in their Executive Reception team as an Executive Host.


You can find out more about their journeys at my other site – http://www.growing-talent.co.uk or at @Growing_Talent.





Holistic Vibe – Growing Talent 5 Renewal & Finance


22 June saw the start of a stunning a week at De Vere Holborn Bars.  The Holistic Vibe covers all the soft skills required for life long employment.


The picture above shows the guys together with previous Growing Talent Associates – Kavita, Comfort, Joshua, James & Caroline.


We started the week with Lesley Davies’s workshop – Renew, Refuel, Rejuvenate – although maybe from the title we should have done this at the end of the week!



Lesley Refuel, Renewal Rejuvenate

Lesley gave a brilliant insight into how our bodies work, how evolution has affected them, the portion sizes and food groups we should cover along with top tips on food choices and keeping fit without the gym! Did the guys agree?:

“I wish we had more time with Lesley – she was great!”

“I enjoyed learning about this – you never know when it will become useful”

“Good approach to keep in mind in terms of nutrition and healthy food”

“Really enjoyed this section. Left me thinking how I could improve myself!”

“Good tips on healthy eating at work”

“Learnt about how important sleep and diet are – really worthwhile”

Personal Finance – Jon Barnes


Jon has devised an excellent personal finance workshop discussing personal finance including Standing Order vs Direct Debit, mortgages rates, credit cards, the value of cash, planning savings and everything inbetween! Lots of questions were asked. Very interactive and informal. Did the guys agree?

“Amazing workshop!”

“Brilliant session – covered things I hadn’t thought about”

“Reminds us to look at where we are and where we want to be in five and ten years”

“Strong and important topic which is not taught much”

“Powerful and informative. Should be taught in school”

“Great useful tips. Inspiration for when our wages come in”



Jon chatting with Shanika before breaking for lunch.


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