Meet Growing Talent 16’s Head Judge

A long-time supporter of Growing Talent, Allen often gives-up his time to preside over the Growing Talent Social Enterprise Challenge.


These are ideas selected Growing Talent Associates devise and present to a panel of managers from their employer companies during their first week of Growing Talent – no pressure then!


At the end of each presentation, collective feedback is given before the Head judge delivers the verdict and prize.


The ideas have to benefit a local community, have a revenue stream and be easy to maintain.  The ideas presented in the past have always been innovative and well thought out.


I don’t doubt this will be the case on Friday 9 February! – check back to find out…….

Mum’s on the school run….. don’t judge!

Recent generations of working parents dropping their children off at school on their way to work have received a bad press for blocking drive ways, parking on yellow lines, causing congestion and so on.  Apart from saving time, using the car to drop children off ensures the parent their child has reached school safely.  Of course, we then have the argument about unfit/obese children who miss out on nature walking to school!


So it made me smile reading in The Metro this morning about a group of mum’s who heard a women shouting she was being robbed, spotted two men loading items into their van and collectively used their cars to block the van and men in whilst the police were called!  If they didn’t take their children to school in their  cars, they wouldn’t have been able to do this…


There is always another way to look at things.  I’ll remember this next time there is a bad press story about parents dropping their children off…… will you?


Calling all out of work drivers……………..

We are recruiting for the next round of Growing Talent.

One of the employers who has recruited through Growing Talent since the beginning, specializes in business relocations nationally.

They are looking for Driver/Operations Assistants.  The first part of the role is self-explanatory.  The Ops Assistant is more varied!  You will support the team in dismantleng computer equipment, storage equipment, office furniture, boxes of files – everything connected with the business world.  Loading and unloading the vans efficiently with good customer service skills as you will be liaising with the clients on site as well.

The role calls for shift work with the opportunity of overtime.  You must live locally to Silvertown, be flexible and adaptable.  There are opportunities for progression and training especially as the company is global.

HGV licence is not essential as the company will train you.  However, a full driving licence and the above qualities are.

Remember, for the 12 week duration of Growing Talent, participants retain their benefits and have their travel paid.  Only on completion of this period will you start the permanent contract.  This is why Growing Talent is for people out of work not those looking for a change.

Additional investment in you can be found on the Growing Talent pages on this blog site.

If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please contact me at for further details.