Last month our numbers grew by five in the Redhill
office as we were joined by our inaugural batch of recruitment trainees!
Last year our colleagues in Belgium trialled this
program to great success, coaching enthusiastic, fresh and brand new recruiters
to be the best at what they do – and they’ve done it three times now! This
year, we’re taking a leaf from their book and beginning our own program as we
welcome five new team-members to the Volt team in Redhill.
Our in-house Employee Development team have worked
closely with subject matter experts within our existing recruitment teams to
put together a program (a mix of theory and practical application) that will
provide the key skills, knowledge and behaviours that our recruitment trainees will
require in order to be successful. The trainees spend 3 intensive weeks in the
classroom followed by a further 9 weeks of putting the theory into practice. Five
‘buddies’ have been selected from amongst our existing Staffing team to mentor
our new trainees, and these buddies have been rotating amongst the trainees
every three days to give the most rounded and complete training experience
possible. This rotation provides our trainees with maximum exposure to
different markets and a taste for our different industries, as well as the
opportunity to absorb best practices from our mentors. This group of trainers
and ‘buddies’ alone have more than 70 years’ experience in the industry between
So who are they? We’d
like to introduce you to our new recruits!
Left to right: Charlie Bird, James Hearne, Becca
Dalton, Ottilia Molnar, Anne Zoledziejewski
Charlie Bird joins us from a background in personal
training in the leisure sector, and he’s “enjoying [the training] more than he
expected”. He says “it’s fun – when you’re having fun it’s not really like
work” – and we couldn’t come up with a better recommendation ourselves!
Becca was team leader at Wickes before deciding to
change it all up and start her career in Recruitment. She says she’s found the
atmosphere at Volt “friendly and welcoming”, which is exactly what we like to
Anne has a little recruitment experience in the fashion
industry, and, like Becca, says that it’s the people at Volt she is most
Ottilia has left the cruise ship industry to join
our merry team, while James comes to us from studying at university, and customer
service experience too.
In the past we have tended towards primarily
experienced hires. We have selected this group of trainees based not on whether
they have a degree or experience in recruitment, but on whether they have the
right attitude and key skills to succeed in our industry, with the right
training and mentoring. We feel that individuals are more than simply the
qualifications on their CV, and it is our great hope that this new direction
will allow us to discover more, and more varied, potential than we might have
This notion has served us well so far, as our
trainees have joined us with little-to-no preconceptions about recruitment and
the industries within which we work, and are eager to learn more! Anne, for example, came to us thinking she might be
interested in Information Technology recruitment, but through the training has
come to realise she’s actually more interested in recruiting for the Life
Sciences industry. Conversely, Charlie has had the opposite experience – he
thought he wanted to recruit for Life Sciences and now finds that he’s
interested in IT!
Some of our trainees come to us with family and
friends in the recruitment business, which piqued their interest. Others are
just eager to try something new and rewarding! Anne says she’s particularly
interested in recruiting with Volt because here she has the option to
specialise in Resourcing – lots of recruitment agencies see Resourcing as a
stepping stone to 360 recruitment, but we believe that Resourcing is a skill
set in itself, and some people are really good at it – they should be able to
specialise in what they’re great at, rather than being pushed into a new track
that they don’t want to pursue!
We’re very excited to begin this new phase of investment
and business growth, and look forward to watching the growth and success of our
new colleagues – please join us in welcoming them as they begin their new
journey with us here at Volt!
If you’d like to know more about our Trainee Programs,
or if you’re interested in a career in Recruitment and wish to learn more,
please get in touch with Geoff King on 01737
774100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.