January 23rd saw 67 applicants take part in initial screening and assessment tasks with employers to secure one of the places on Growing Talent.
With a final total of 20 jobs for drivers, administrators, catering and hospitality assistants to services solution operatives and recruitment resourcers across London and Basildon – the heat was on!
You would assume something like this would be intense and cause nerves. The opposite was true! Applicants had the time to let their true personalities shine through, have a laugh and get to know other people in the same unemployed position as them.
The employers leading the assessment had a tough job but eventually managed to select 47 to go forward to the final stage on 26 January. Some employers were taking part for the first time. Hesitant on how to select people for their roles in the knowledge that if the guys completed the job was theirs and they would join their companies. Trying to find those ‘rough’ gems they thought would be hard.
Actually, it was easy. There was so much talent in the room and when you see people having fun and being themselves – not putting on a mask for a short interview – matching is quite natural.
The biggest problem was some employers chose the same candidate! What it is to be wanted – a great boost to the ego! Some chose not to select alternative candidates so 12 went forward to the Orientation Week.
Today is Day 2. Yesterday accomplished a lot. All 12, from ages ranging from late teens up to the mid-fifties, worked well together breaking down some of those misconceptions we all have about people. They had to do presentations on each other within 20 minutes of walking into the room – talk about pressure!
Three course lunch was amazing – and a welcome change from cheese sandwiches!!!
They entered the room pretty much as strangers, but left with the seeds of camaraderie growing!
What will today bring……
Over the Christmas break I undertook some ‘administration’! Finally sorting through those bits of paper, electronic files and e-mails in the hope of making identifying information more efficient in 2015!
I managed to do this but a valuable by product was finding a page of quotes some past and recent graduates of Growing Talent had sent. They made me realise that even when politics raises its ugly head in trying to do something new, the value to people in the ‘just do it’ mantra I adopted many years ago makes it more than worthwhile.
‘There are no limits to growing talent. Attitude, dedication and determination will decide your destination.’ – previous to Growing Talent this person had little education and zero commercial work experience. They had researched and helped build a family website over a few months. Now he is an integral part of the team of this manufacturer in Southwark. He undertakes payroll – having passed all three levels of Sage, company records and administration. His personal confidence has soared.
‘Be flexible and adaptable to new changes. This will be a stepping stone to a great future.’ This accountancy graduate had a troubled early life having arrived in the UK as a refugee with her family. Living in temporary accommodation with her family the uncertainty of home/work didn’t detract from her determination. She is now working her way up a global management records company with her eye on their accounts department.
‘Stay strong! Remember why you are doing this and what your end goal is. Make use of every opportunity you find’. A graduate in communications with a passion for art and photography, this person was outwardly confident having been encouraged by parents, each with their own business, to succeed in everything from an early age. However, on leaving university the jobs didn’t come and the confidence dipped. They are now working in recruitment as a consultant and have set-up their own on-line business as well.
The guys wrote these quotes to encourage those following them on Growing Talent Having been with them on their journey start to finish and still in touch with them know, it encourages me how much Growing Talent meant to them, what it has done for them and what the skills learnt on the programme will do for them in the future.
Having re-read these and remembered the individuals’ powerful journeys I am determined to ‘just do it’ when met with the ‘politics’ of partner organisations.
If you have read this, take the time to think of the difference you have made to others both at work and at home. Be enthused at the impact you have on others and ‘just do it’ next time you are faced with a challenge!
Dates are now confirmed for the next Growing Talent programme which sees 100% of completers go into permanent jobs!
We have secured jobs in London in hospitality, catering, office services, administration and operations/drivers – more are still coming in which is great news!
Working with agencies who support the unemployed we have the following dates confirmed:
23 January 2015 – Information Session & Compatibility Assessment for interested applicants
26 January 2015 – Employer Assessment & Selection – employers with jobs select those to take part
28 January 2015 – online police vetting
2 February – Orientation Week – workshops, team/individual challenges, seminars on body language, assertiveness, support analysis and devisement of a business idea all add to bond the guys and build their self-belief.
9 February – 24 April – 11 week, full time operational placement learning the job which will be theirs if they complete. During this period a holistic stay in the country where personal finances, nutrition, fitness ad wellbeing is delivered.
A Certificate of Completion is awarded to all those who complete and an annual graduation ceremony sees the presentation of a bespoke trophy.
If you want to know more about the programme – check out the film links on the earlier post.
If you are interested in applying or know someone who is then drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A briefing session for the 3rd Latimer Vibe takes place at PwC Hays Galleria tomorrow (4 November). The content of the workshops delivered grows each time. We have a new manual to encompass all of the workshops running at 57 pages! Topics now covered include:
It’s Your Money – a basic, broad range look at personal finance from banking accounts, direct debits vs standing orders through to savvy saving practices, store/credit cards, debt management, mortgages through to increasing income potential.
How to get fit! – insight in how to plan a routine to ensure you increase your individual fitness level without gym membership
Fitness without the gym – blood pumping techniques for when you are desk-bound!
Hippy dippy – a look at well-being and positive thinking
Health Nutrition Bites – focussing on healthy eating on a budget
Practical Kitchen – the essentials to know about cooking for your self, food hygiene etc
Housing – some signposting for emergency housing and a look at what to consider if you are in secure accommodation but want to plan an independent move
In addition to the above all seven Growing Talent Associates will undergo the two-day global Mental Health First Aid course which will enable them to deliver first aid in this specialist area if they wish to. It will definitely enable them to look after themselves better.
We have visiting managers delivering workshops in the above areas along with plenty of relaxation time which can be spent exploring the grounds, in the swimming pool, sauna or gym. I expect a beer in the bar at the end of the day will be welcomed as well.
should be an exhausting but fun three days ahead. Latimer kicks off Wednesday 5 November ending on Friday 7 November.