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Specialists in recruiting Design, Project, Service and Maintenance Engineers across the UK.
From Sales Support to Senior Business Development roles, Precision have a very high rate of success in placing the top sales talent across the whole of the UK.
Fast solutions for engineering and manufacturing environments, blue collar and trades, temporary and contract, East Midlands and UK wide. Unrivalled engineering recruitment from consultants who know your industry.
We grow our clients' businesses by finding them amazing talent. Based in the Midlands, we have been growing since 2004 and have clients all over the UK and Europe.
Precision People is a specialist search, recruitment and consultancy services organisation, focussed on providing a range of recruitment and people solutions, to a wide spectrum of industry sectors, for client organisations nationwide and beyond.
WE PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE, IN THE RIGHT SEATS, FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.
A dynamic talent management and executive search consultancy that provides an integral link between the directors of growing businesses and high achieving candidates. Combining in-depth industry knowledge with the latest in talent resourcing and search methods.
Our team is comprised of specialist recruiters who know their industry inside out, ensuring a deep understanding of the specific skills and experience candidates need in order to fill the unique requirements of your vacancy whether temporary, contract or permanent.
Learn how to seek, hire and retain amazing talent. The people part of your business is probably where you spend most of your time dealing with difficult situations and having the most headaches. If you want to grow your business, why not hire us to help you?
The gender and diversity gap. It’s something a few of us have come to accept as part of normal practice in the UK’s manufacturing industry. But with the country’s issues surrounding Brexit and the current skills shortage costing UK businesses around £2bn a year, companies can’t afford to be missing out on the talent half the workforce has to offer.
It’s time to think about changing our approach to the whole subject.
Despite efforts to increase awareness, progress has been moving at a snail's pace. Therefore, its time for company owners to take charge and make a change. If you're an owner or Director of a manufaturign business where do you start? Here are 7 tips for improving diversity within your manufacturing business.
1. Leading from the top
In order to make any major change in an organisation there needs to be honest “buy-in” and commitment from the top positions in the company, this will then filter down throughout the lower positions. The directors of a company have a huge influence not only over the policies in place to encourage diversity but for also setting the culture to be more inclusive of these employees.
From public statements to recruitment programs and policies, it all has a wider influence on how the company views a diverse workforce. A commonly used method is to implement targets for diverse recruitment and promotions, which can be rewarded through compensation and bonuses.
2. Measure your current diversity rate
Linking back to the previous point, you can’t measure whether the initiative is working or not if you don’t know where you are now and where you want to go. By looking at metrics on diversity recruitment, retention, promotions and turnover you can get a sense of your current position and set targets based on the results for 6 and 12 months time.
3. Empowering your diverse employee groups
The idea of creating diversity groups where employees can share experiences on their workplace interactions, is becoming popular for many companies in other industries. These employee groups are a good way of drawing important insights that can guide the company’s policy and decision making. This helps managers to see what steps they can take in order to make the company more attractive to diverse candidates and accommodate their needs.
4. Cross department initiatives
By encouraging different parts of the business to open lines of communication you can help employees to share their ideas of what they expect from the company and their colleagues. The benefit of this is that it provides everyone with a more well-rounded perspective and understanding of each other, this can be done by simply setting up conferences, meetings and small group discussions.
5. Working with workforce intermediaries
Manufacturing companies that maintain good relationships with outside groups such as educational institutions, employment consultantcies and non-government groups, seek to gain from their unique insights on how to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce. Working closely with these partners will also help them to understand what type of employee you’re currently looking for which will prevent wasted training and recruitment costs.
It seems that manufacturing industries have a lot to gain by widening their potential talent pool to attract more women into their workplace, as diverse companies are 35% more likely to have financial returns above the national industry median. However, the manufacturing industry has got a long way to go as women are still severely outnumbered by men, but the time to start this change is now.
If you would like some help with creating a diversity hiring strategy for 2020 for your business, contact our Executive Search team today on 016 254 5411.
Precision Search, part of specialist Recruitment Consultancy Precision People, adds Sandy Seta to its Executive Search Team, as Head of Practice.
Sandy, a former Business Development Director at ATA Recruitment, has over 20 years of experience, successfully placing senior-level critical appointments.
Sandy’s remit is to lead the team with the Precision Search brand, which is already well established in the Senior Appointments market and drive company growth in the key sectors of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Support Services.
Phil Walker Managing Director of Precision People, commented on the appointment:
“Sandy is a significant hire for us. She possesses a wealth of experience and brings a great deal of value to the Executive Search team. Sandy and the team will make solid steps in growing our manufacturing market specialisms and by increasing our headcount. This in turn then grows our client base in the UK, US and German markets where we are getting more and more traction every quarter. “
Sandy who has previously held senior leadership roles within PLC and SME recruitment organisations, commented on her new appointment:-
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Executive team at such an exciting time and lead its already remarkable Executive Search offering.”
“My aim is to enhance our excellent reputation across our existing client footprint in the UK whilst offering a market-leading experience to our professional senior-level candidates.”
Precision People recently celebrated fifteen years in business and continues to grow from strength to strength.
Notes to Editors
Precision People is an established specialist Recruitment business providing recruitment services in three key areas under three sub-brands;-
Precision Search - specialising in management and director level search within manufacturing, Technical Engineering, and supply chain management sectors.
Precision Recruitment, specialising in engineering, technical and sales roles across the UK.
Precision Consultancy - bespoke recruitment training packages for businesses to improve their return on investment before or after hiring talent.
Founded by Director Phil Walker in 2004, and in its fifteenth year, Precision People employs a growing team of twenty-three who prides itself on its passion and integrity to listen to its clients and deliver tailor-made solutions.
Precision People are based at the Meridian Business Park near the M1 Junction 21 in Leicester and operate both nationwide and Internationally. Precision People are Members of Apsco (Association of Professional Staffing Companies.) and were finalists in 2014 in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards.
For more information please contact Marketing Director Jo Walker on 0116 254 5411 or email email@example.com.
Engineering is a vast industry with many facets and areas to specialise in. Having said that, there are also many transferable skills that are useful right across the entire umbrella of engineering.
Below we look at the top 10 skills engineers need in 2019.
1. Up to date technical knowledge
Technical knowledge and skills are the main skillset recruiters are looking for. It’s important to have the right educational background to set yourself on the right path, but it’s also important to show how far you’ve come since leaving education.
Stay at the top of your game by reading industry news, blogs and articles. Consider getting certified in new areas and technologies whenever relevant.
Although the bare bones of engineering often happen individually at a desk or computer, these projects always start and end with human discussion. It’s vital to be able to communicate and listen in order to ensure that the project is a success and any issues can be resolved quickly.
Businesses want to know that you aren’t just there for a free ride. That when the going gets tough you are able to step up. Businesses want to hire people who want to be there and want to work their way up and add value to their organisation, leadership is a key quality in the modern world of engineering.
Similarly to the last two skills, the ability to bring people together and influence, is of the utmost importance for the modern engineer. Collaboration and teamwork is a key part of many projects and the ability to build rapport in a team can guarantee the success or failure of many projects.
5. Critical reasoning
Using the knowledge you’ve acquired throughout education and your career (see skill 1) means that you should have the core understanding needed to see the wood from the trees. Being critical allows you to realise where the value is in a piece of work and evaluate which points are crucial.
The ability to creatively solve problems is key in any profession, engineering is no different. When problems arise and the most obvious solution isn’t possible it’s crucial to be able to solve the task in front of you in whatever way you can.
There will always be a demand to keep making things better, faster or stronger. The very nature of engineering means that engineers are the people who need to deliver this day-in-day-out. Having the desire to innovate and solve problems should be a key skill that engineers strive for.
If you want to work as an engineer, show how much you want it. Having the desire to get up and go is crucial. Showing enthusiasm is a great skill that will help accelerate you in your career.
9. Attention to Detail
Being an engineer, accuracy and precision are both vital attributes. In this industry, mistakes can be costly as even the smallest miscalculation can have profound effects. Failure to pay attention to the small stuff can result in huge consequences when it comes to incurring costs or even health and safety.
Finally, resilience is a great skill in any walk of life. The nature of an engineer means that you can be on call 24 hours a day which can be tough. Even in jobs where you don’t find yourself on call they can be equally as demanding in other ways. It’s important to demonstrate that you won’t fall at the first hurdle and can keep going throughout tough times.
At the end of last year, Harriet Potter started in Precision’s Academy. Harriet has gone from strength to strength and has made a flying start to her career in recruitment.
In this feature, she offers her perspective on her first few months with the company, as well as giving an insight into what she wished she knew before applying for a job at Precision People.
"Since I was young I’ve always been very sporty. I love football and I used to play for Leicester City Ladies team which was an amazing experience. Because of this, I’d consider myself quite a competitive person - something that I believe is really important in recruitment. Initially, I wanted to work in the sports industry but realised that there were so few jobs and none of them seemed like they were a good fit for me.
In the end, I started working in retail. I really enjoyed it at first as I’ve always considered myself a people person. I was promoted quite soon after starting there and was recognised as manager of the month which is something that I’m very proud of. After a couple of years working there, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t very challenging and my competitive edge wasn’t being utilised enough. I’d heard about recruitment from a few friends and decided to apply for a job with Precision People.
My Initial Impressions about Recruitment
I had reservations about working in such a professional environment as I didn’t go to university and I know that recruitment is a popular graduate job, but those worries melted away pretty quickly.
As soon as I started working in recruitment, I quickly realised that I’d love it. I wanted a fast-paced and fun environment but also one that was rewarding and challenging and recruitment is just that. I can be myself and love to speak with clients as I am definitely a people- oriented person.
I was also surprised by how much responsibility I was given early on. Effectively I’m in charge of my own ‘desk’, which in some ways is comparable to running my own business! I’ve learned so much about my specialist area (Fire Engineers) and my geography skills have improved so much since starting here!
I’m highly money motivated and I love that in recruitment money is a reflection of work. In other office jobs, you have to work extra hours and aren’t necessarily rewarded for it. In recruitment the more you put in the more you get out, both in terms of money and results as the two are directly linked.
Something that is just as rewarding as the commission, if not more, is the feeling you get when you place someone. Getting someone a job makes all your hard work worth it. The feeling is something that I can only compare winning a cup in football, not even just a regular game! I made my first placement a couple of weeks ago and had a massive adrenaline rush afterwards.
My Initial Impressions about Precision People
I chose Precision for a few reasons but the main one is the academy. A lot of companies offer just 4 weeks of training and I didn’t feel like this was enough for me to learn my trade, especially given a background in sports and retail. Precision’s academy is 6 months long and the support they have given me throughout has been just what I needed. I’m now nearly 4 months in and I feel like I’ll be ready to take the next step soon.
Another great feature of working at Precision is their values. They live and operate by five values: passion, listen, encourage, integrity and support. These are all so important in day to day life at Precision, something that really makes them stand out from other recruitment companies just focussed on getting as much money as possible.
Horror stories do exist in recruitment, but I haven’t heard about any of these about Precision. People love working here. I think that a lot of the horror stories are from people that aren’t really a good fit for that job or company, it’s important to consider this when applying to any job.
Something else that we do at Precision that other companies don’t do is specialise. Other companies tend to take on any job and ask a consultant that doesn’t know that industry to try and fill it, often resulting in pretty poor quality candidates. Although it might seem like a small thing from the outside looking in, it means that you can build much better quality relationships with candidates and companies.
Advice to Applicants
As I said before, it’s important to consider if you are the right person to work in recruitment. It is a demanding job and very fast paced so it isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t tend to be a normal 9-5, but working those extra hours really makes it worth it. The highs are absolutely exhilarating!
If you’re upbeat and people-oriented then you should definitely think about a career in recruitment. Although it can be tough, finding someone their perfect job is a great thing to do day-to-day and something very meaningful. I’d also recommend looking around at some other recruitment companies as you’ll see how different Precision is and how accommodating we are as a company. Of course, you need to be resilient as not every day is a high. Ultimately the tough days make the good days even better!"
If you’re considering a career in recruitment and have any questions about my experiences, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.
If you would like to know more about the Precision Academy click here or if you fancy a conversation to see if the Precision Academy might be the right move for you, call Natasha for an initial chat on 0116 254 5411, email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with Natasha on LinkedIn here or you can apply by clicking here.