Successful Day At Black Country Chamber Expo

Black Country Chamber Autumn Expo Star Employment Services Kylee Russon Rebecca Rowley

Last week, the Star Employment Services team exhibited at the Black Country Autumn Expo. This event was held on 11 October at Walsall Football Club from 9am until 1pm. Delivered in partnership with Walsall Football Club, the Expo was held in their Stadium Suite where more than 60 exhibitors were brought together with over 500 delegates from across the region.

Highlights

As one of the highlights in the Black Country Chamber’s event calendar, the Autumn Expo is always a fantastic opportunity to network with businesses from across the region. The team from Star Employment spent the day showcasing the recent brand relaunch and autumn recruitment offer, where we’ll find you three qualified candidates for just £475.

Star Employment operations manager, Kylee Russon, said: “The Autumn Expo was a great event, with many different people showing what services they offer.

“For Star Employment Services, it was successful as we had the opportunity to speak to a lot of different people. There are around five different contacts that we are currently following up to arrange meetings, so this is great for us.”

Networking

Before the event, there was also the opportunity to network with exhibitors and delegates at the Walsall Business Breakfast from 7.15am to 9am. Sponsored by BT the breakfast event included talks from the Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Adrian Andrew and Greg Reed, CEO of Homeserve UK. Alongside this, there was a Speed Networking session from 9.30am to 11.15am, where delegates could promote their business to a round table of ten and swap contact details.

Star Employment Services, as well as discussing their services, gave everyone the chance to win a bottle of champagne as part of a business card prize draw.

What does a recruitment agency do?

What does a recruitment agency do? Star Employment Services

Star Employment operations manager, Kylee Russon answers: What does a recruitment agency do in practical terms?

It is very easy for me to discuss with my clients how we can help them, but in the first instance it is often unclear what a recruitment agency actually does. Essentially, we act like a middle ground between those looking for jobs and those employing people. We work on behalf of employers to find suitable candidates to fill vacancies. A lot of employers use recruitment agencies, and so signing up with one as a job seeker will give you access to openings that aren’t advertised anywhere else.

When an organisation has a job opening and need to hire someone, the recruitment agency is provided with a job description. The team at the agency then search through their database of CVs to match people to the vacancy. A shortlist is drawn up, the employer will pick who they prefer and then the agency will organise interviews.

Agencies like Star Employment Services are very much people led. Our company has recently merged to create an all-encompassing jobs brand. The newly launched Star Employment Services has seen a big campaign go live, with a brand-new job offer for employers. Earlier in the year, we also attained our gold audited status with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). The agency was assessed against the requirements of data protection, training and induction and complaints procedure. Also considered were the standing for customer service, diversity, work seeker checks and advertising.

Currently, there are more than 25,000 agencies in the UK and Star Employment are one of only 51 agencies to have the gold audit status. The audit provides confirmation that the agency is conducting its business ethically, in accordance with the legal requirements and with the REC code.

With this in mind, you know that as both a candidate or an employer, using a recruitment agency will give you the reassurance that the hiring process is being taken seriously. There are many practical things which the agency will do, but also it is giving you the trust that your job role will be filled properly.

Start your job search today by submitting your CV here or to find your ideal candidate take a look at our recruitment services. 

Black Country Chamber Autumn Expo 2018

Black Country Chamber Autumn Expo 2018 Star Employment Services

Join us this October for the Black Country Autumn Expo, Thursday 11th October 2018

When: Thursday 11th October 2018, 9am-1pm

Where: Walsall Football Club, The Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

As one of the highlights in the Black Country Chamber’s event calendar, the Autumn Expo is always a fantastic opportunity to network with businesses from across the region. The team from Star Employment will be exhibiting at the event, showcasing our recent brand relaunch and autumn recruitment offer, where we’ll find you three qualified candidates for just £475.

The Black Country Chamber Autumn Expo is free to attend, simply register your here.

This year’s the expo will take place at Walsall Football Club from 9am until 1pm. Delivered in partnership with Walsall Football Club, the Expo will be held in their Stadium Suite where more than 60 exhibitors will be brought together with over 500 delegates from across the region.

Before the event there will also be the opportunity to network with exhibitors and delegates at the Walsall Business Breakfast from 7.15am to 9am. Sponsored by BT the breakfast event will include talks from the Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Adrian Andrew and Greg Reed, CEO of Homeserve UK. You can find out more about the breakfast here. 

The Black Country Chamber has also recently announced that during the morning of the Autumn Expo there will an opportunity for Speed Networking from 9.30am to 11.15am, where delegates can promote their business to a round table of ten and swap contact details.

Star Employment operations manager, Kylee Russon, said: “Exhibiting our services at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce autumn expo is a great opportunity for to reach a large number of local people and demonstrate what we can offer in terms of recruitment.

“Come along and see us and find out about how Star Employment Services can provide you with three qualified candidates for just £475.”

Throughout the event we’ll also been giving you the chance to win a bottle of champagne as part of our business card prize draw so don’t forget to pop along and say hi!

You can find out more about the Black Country Chamber Autumn Expo and how to register here.

Social Care Crisis – What does the future hold?

Social Care Crisis what does the future hold Star Employment Services

The care sector is not just an important part of the health and social system, but of industry in general. Both nurses and carers work hard around the clock, yet often feel they do not have the same opportunities for learning and development as other areas of the NHS. Despite this, those in social care are a key piece of the puzzle in delivering high-quality nursing to people who feel vulnerable and have a range of complex and individual needs. At times, this is not acknowledged more widely and efforts can be overlooked.

Society would struggle to function without social care workers. Most people take day to day tasks for granted but for many older people, basic things can be a struggle. They need assistance and help with tasks like cleaning and eating, and need to be looked after because they cannot cope alone. This care needs to be accessed, and more strain cannot be put on the system as it is already struggling.

Social Care Crisis – is there one?

The social care industry is in crisis. With an aging population and limited funding, the sector could be on the brink of collapse. There are not enough care workers, and those do work in the industry are may be underpaid. There is a lack of funding to support the needs of people and those who need care are often granted a certain amount of funding with nothing to help them when the money runs out. There are concerns over the financial state of many care homes, with many being paid less by local authorities than is needed to deliver care. How can such a crucial system operate at a loss? Privately paying residents often end up paying more to subsidise publicly funded ones. This is unfair and has also meant that providers are either going out of business or are handing back contracts because delivering services at local authority rates is verging on impossible.

There are a number of issues that need to seriously be looked at. Statistics show that in the last five years, there has been a £160 million cut in total public spending on older people’s social care. There are also 1.2 million people aged 65 plus don’t receive the care provision they need with essential living activities. The cuts in local authority care services have placed growing pressure on voluntary carers.

Recruiting nightmare

In addition to these problems, there are also thousands of unfilled vacancies in the social care division. Many community care providers are constantly trying to recruit, with little success. There is also a high turnover rate of 20% across the UK, compared to an average of 15% in other industries. The vacancy rate is also 2% higher than alternative sectors. So, what is the issue here? There needs to be more incentives and reason for people to become care workers. Higher pay, bonuses, more funding and better hours are key in treating the staff like they matter. Campaigns should be loud and noticeable, with case studies from current people in the care sector who enjoy their rewarding job.

Rewarding Career

If you are considering a career in care, it can be assured that it is one of the most positive and heart-warming industries to work in. It is very rewarding and can help to improve your professional and personal life. The roles are very flexible so suit people who do not want a 9-5. This can fit around other commitments. You can also earn qualifications and gain skills with on the job training. The job is different each day and there are a variety of positions available, so the care industry will never be boring.

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If you are looking for a job within the care sector, the expert team at Star Employment Services can help, submit your CV here.

Recruiting care staff? Our fixed price packages are the perfect way to get maximum impact for your job advert without breaking the bank. Find out more here.

 

 

 

 

Special Offer – Three Qualified Candidates For Just £475

Fill Your Next Vacancy With Autumn Recruitment Offer – Three Qualified Candidates For Just £475

Star Employment Services are celebrating the start of Autumn with a special recruitment offer. It can be tough to find your ideal candidate later in the year but for just £475 our REC Gold audited team can give your candidate search maximum impact.

We pride ourselves on taking the hard work out of recruitment, and firmly believe that finding qualified candidates shouldn’t break the bank. Find out more about our special recruitment offer of three qualified candidates for just £475 here.

What is the offer?

This special recruitment offer will provide you with three qualified candidates, for just £475.

Our expert REC Gold Audited team will get your vacancy noticed across all major and local job networks plus print and social media. We’ll then shortlist the applicants so you don’t have to trawl through hundreds of unfiltered CVs, providing you with three qualified candidates – all for just £475!

What is included?

For just £475 our expert team will advertise your vacancy across all the major job networks, our own local job boards, in print and on social media. You’ll also get a dedicated account manager, a resourcer to help fill your vacancy and find you your ideal candidate, PLUS you’ll get our guaranteed to fill promise.

How does it work?

Step 1: Send us your vacancy

Send our expert team your vacancy. We’ll then turn it into an attractive job advert, optimised to get your vacancy noticed in print & online to find you your ideal candidate.

Step 2: Our team advertise your vacancy

We’ll save you time by using the latest recruitment technology to advertise your vacancy across all major job boards. Your job will also be promoted in print, on social media and our own local job boards.

Step 3: We shortlist applicants

Unlike many agencies we don’t just promote your vacancy. Instead of sending you the unfiltered applications to trawl through, we shortlist the applicants providing you with qualified candidates.

Why choose us?

As one of only 51 agencies in the country to achieve the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) gold status, we attract the best candidates.

Star Employment Services has been named as one of the top recruitment agencies in the UK for its ethics and commitment to professional standards.

This means that you can be safe in the knowledge that you, your brand and potential candidates will receive the highest level of service and professionalism from our expert team.

Find out more about why thousands of businesses choose to work with us every year.

Spend less, save time and hire better with Star Employment Services – fill your next vacancy with our special recruitment offer.

Star Employment Services & MNA Recruitment Merge

Star Employment & MNA Recruitment Merge Midland News Association

Star Employment Services & MNA Recruitment Merge To Offer One Stop Shop For Recruitment

A leading regional publisher has combined its comprehensive job offers under one brand to offer tailored recruitment packages.

Star Employment Services, from the Midland News Association, will be the all-encompassing brand for jobs and will include the previous MNA Recruitment offering.

Situated in the Express & Star offices in Wolverhampton, the agency services are now streamlined to be a one stop shop offer for all recruitment needs, but with a personal approach.

Star Employment is promoting both fixed fee recruitment packages or a bespoke managed service, taking the hard work out of recruitment. The expert team will handpick applicants, providing the best qualified candidates, as well as getting a vacancy noticed across different platforms.

Focus can be made on print and online, and will use both the employment agency and smart search tools. Jobs will appear on the Shropshire Star and Express & Star websites, plus daily newspapers, as well as magazines, weekly editions and the Star Employment jobs board.

Staff at the agency have also attained their gold audited status with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Currently, there are more than 25,000 agencies in the UK and Star Employment are one of only 51 agencies to have the gold audit status. The audit provides confirmation that the agency is conducting its business ethically, in accordance with the legal requirements and with the REC code.

Star Employment Services operations manager Kylee Russon said: “Star Employment Services definitely do take the hard work out of recruitment.

“A business will send our expert team a vacancy. We will then turn it into an attractive job advert, optimised to get your vacancy noticed in print and online to find your ideal candidate.

“We’ll save you time by using the latest recruitment technology to advertise your vacancy across all major job boards. Your job will  also be promoted on social media and our own local job boards.”

A new September offer is being launched, with the agency promising three qualified candidates for £475. This ties into a campaign of outdoor and radio advertising which is being used to spread the word. Find out more about this offer here.

Recruitment director Lee Smith said: “Unlike many agencies we won’t just promote your vacancy. Instead of sending you the unfiltered applications to trawl through, we shortlist the applicants and provide you with the qualified candidates.

“We are looking forward to putting our streamlined services and bespoke packages into practice.”

Star Employment Services uses the slogan ‘Spend less. Save Time. Hire Better.’

The agency, which was launched in January 2013, is owned by the Midland News Association, publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

Recruitment Agency Hosts Apprenticeship Levy Workshop

apprenticeship levy workshop - Star Employment Services

Apprenticeship advice

Businesses, employers and training companies from across the region were given advice on the apprenticeship levy. They took part in a workshop hosted by a Midlands recruitment agency.

MNA Recruitment welcomed 23 representatives to its head offices in Wolverhampton on Tuesday 13 February.

The workshop was led by Lynsey Flynn of WELL Training, partners of MNA Recruitment. She explained how businesses can get the most out of the apprenticeship levy.

Lynsey talked the guests through how they can develop their staff and use the Government levy to put money back into their business.

The guests were also given an introduction talk by director of MNA Recruitment services Lee Smith. There was an opportunity to network, followed by refreshments.

MNA workshop is ‘informative’

Paul Andrews from PDM Produce, who attended the workshop, said: “The workshop was really useful and informative.

“The information given was incredibly valuable. It painted a clear picture about the apprenticeship levy for businesses.”

Lorraine Dye, from Free Radio, said: “Free Radio is a media partner with MNA Recruitment.

“The workshop was a great exercise to see what apprenticeships are all about and how they can benefit companies. I now have a better understanding and this has opened my eyes to how the levy works.”

Newsroom tour

Following the workshop visitors were given a tour of the Express & Star newsroom, led by political editor Peter Madeley.

They were able to see the news and sports teams in operation as they prepared the latest stories for the newspaper and websites.

The guests were also shown around the MNA Digital operation before they had the chance to network with lunch in the Express & Star boardroom.

MNA Communications Executive Rebecca Heyes said: “The event was really successful. It was great to see so many people engaged in the workshop.

“Many of our guests asked questions and joined in with the discussions. The feedback we were given showed that everyone found the information extremely helpful.”

MNA Recruitment is part of the Midland News Association, the publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Join the 2,000 businesses who found their ideal candidate with MNA Recruitment.

Employee Of The Week Competition – Our Winners

NHS Nurse Employee Of The Week Competition - Our Winners Star Employment Services

We take a look back at the winners of our Employee of the Week competition in partnership with Signal 107

MNA Recruitment teamed up with Signal 107 to shine a spotlight on those employees who go the extra mile.

The Employee of the Week competition ran throughout January, with three winners announced on consecutive Fridays.

The search for the employee of the week was staged as part of a promotional campaign for MNA Recruitment. The firm wanted to honour a popular employee as part of their promotion of their services.

The winners were presented with lunch time pizzas and a red letter day. Dicky Dodd from Signal 107 also gave them a surprise phone call, and visited them at their workplace.

Winner #1- Milk lab technician

Our first employee of the week was a dedicated lab technician from the National Milk Laboratories in Wolverhampton.

Caroline Brown was nominated by colleague Nicola Beards for her hard work and positive attitude.

According to her colleagues, Caroline works hard in every task that is given to her. She also worked extra days over the Christmas period to keep the laboratory afloat.

She said: “I’m so pleased to have won and I am very shocked. I couldn’t believe when I found out.

“I want to thank Nicola for nominating me. We have worked together for two years.”

 

Employee Of The Week Competition - Our Winners

Winner #2- NHS nurse

Our second employee of the week was a wonderful NHS nurse at Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre.

Deepa Raghavan thanked her colleagues, dedicating her award to her department.

She was nominated by colleague Maggie Davies for always putting her patients’ needs first.

Deepa said: “I am really thankful to have won this competition. I would like to dedicate my award to the whole department.

“It is such a fantastic place to work. When I joined here two years ago I felt very welcome.

“Thank you to my lovely colleagues for making every day brilliant”

NHS Nurse Employee Of The Week Competition - Our Winners Star Employment Services

Winner #3- Heritage Glass salesman, aged 83

Our final employee of the week was a cheery 83-year-old salesman.

Nick Hayhoe has been working at Heritage Glass Limited in Shrewsbury for the past 17 years.

He was nominated by colleague Tony Randall for being a true ambassador of the brand.

Nick said: “I have worked at Heritage Glass for 17 years and I absolutely love working here.

“I am overwhelmed to have won employee of the week and it came as a huge surprise. It was great to have been given our pizzas and I thoroughly enjoy being here.”

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MNA Recruitment

The search for the employee of the week may be over, but MNA Recruitment are still promoting their services.

Director of recruitment services Lee Smith said: “MNA Recruitment was delighted to celebrate the achievements of all the employee of the week winners.

“High quality is central to the range of solutions we offer to meet different business needs. The range of entries and winner we had were brilliant.”

MNA Recruitment specialise in fixed price recruitment solutions for businesses within the West Midlands.

We firmly believe that finding the right candidate for your business shouldn’t cost the earth.

We’re proud to offer affordable recruitment solutions to suit your budget. Our experienced team take the time to tailor a package to find your ideal candidate.

MNA Recruitment is part of the Midland News Association, the publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. With 8 out of 10 businesses successfully recruiting first time, find out how we can help you fill your next vacancy today.

 

83-Year-Old Salesman Wins Employee Of The Week

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83-year-old salesman wins MNA Recruitment and Signal 107’s employee of the week

At the age of 83, you might be forgiven for wondering why Nick Heyhoe still has a full time job.

But the cheery salesman says he loves working at Heritage Glass Limited in Shrewsbury. So much so that he has just won Signal 107’s employee of the week competition, organised by a leading recruitment services firm.

Nick, who works at the double glazing and windows firm in Racecourse Crescent, Shrewsbury, was surprised by Signal 107 DJ Dicky Dodd. He phoned him on Friday to let him know he had won.

The dedicated salesman was awarded pizzas for 10 colleagues from Papa John’s and a red letter day experience. He was picked from a host of entrants as a winner in the competition, organised by MNA Recruitment.

Nick said: “I have worked at Heritage Glass for 17 years and I absolutely love working here.

“I am overwhelmed to have won employee of the week and it came as a huge surprise. It was great to have been given our pizzas and I thoroughly enjoy being here.”

Nick was nominated by colleague Tony Randall for being a true ambassador of the Heritage Glass brand.

83-Year-Old Salesman Wins Employee Of The Week Star Employment Services

Fantastic winner

Tony said: “Nick retired at 65 and decided to join us to enjoy his later years as he still had a lot to give. His late sister Dame Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE DL had always been a workaholic which runs in the family.

“Now in his 83rd year, Nick has this month achieved £6million worth of retail sale in his time with us.

“As an age positive employer we pride ourselves in age diversity. We have a full support network to aid this age group in technology and procedures.”

The search for the employee of the week was staged as part of a promotional campaign for MNA Recruitment. The firm wanted to brighten the mood among the local workforce during the traditionally gloomy January period.

At a time of the year when many recruiters and candidates are looking at their options, MNA Recruitment is promoting their services.

Director of MNA Recruitment services Lee Smith said: “Nick is a fantastic winner and deserved recognition for his dedication to Heritage Glass Limited.

“At MNA Recruitment we wanted to honour a popular employee for their hard work and positive attitude, and Nick definitely fits that criteria.”

MNA Recruitment is part of the Midland News Association, the publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Join the 2,000 businesses who found their ideal candidate with MNA Recruitment, take a look at our fixed price packages here or speak a member of our expert team by calling 01902 319333

NHS Nurse Wins Employee Of The Week

NHS Nurse Employee Of The Week Competition - Our Winners Star Employment Services

A wonderful NHS nurse has thanked colleagues at Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre after she won the Employee of the Week competion.

Deepa Raghavan won Signal 107’s employee of the week competition, organised by MNA Recruitment.

Deepa works in the outpatients department at the hospital in Bewdley Road, Kidderminster. She was surprised by Signal 107 DJ Dicky Dodd.

He called her at work to let her know she had won. She was awarded pizzas for 10 colleagues and a red letter day experience. Deepa was picked from a host of entrants in the competition.


Deepa said: “I am really thankful to have won this competition. I would like to dedicate my award to the whole department. It is such a fantastic place to work.
“When I joined here two years ago I felt very welcome and I really enjoy working here. Thank you to my lovely colleagues for making every day brilliant.”

Deepa was nominated by colleague Maggie Davies for always putting her patients’ needs first. She goes above and beyond to make sure they are well cared for.

Maggie said: “Deepa is such a wonderful person and this radiates into her clinical work. She will go above and beyond to make sure her patients are well cared for and is a fantastic patient advocate, even in the face of adversity.

“As my friend, she has a fabulous sense of humour, and it’s a constant pleasure to work alongside her; she makes every shift a joy.”

alt; Pic for Employee of the week at Kidderminster Hospital of front L-R: Signal Radio's Dicky Dodd, Staff Nurse and winner: Deepa Raghavan from Kidderminster, Health care Support Worker: Maggie davies (she put the nomination up), and MNA Recruitment's Tracey Thompson.

Employee of the week competition

Deepa was presented with her winnings on Friday, along with the food delivery for her colleagues.

The search for the employee of the week was staged as part of a promotional campaign for MNA Recruitment. The firm wanted to brighten the mood among the local workforce during the traditionally gloomy January period.

At a time of the year when many recruiters and candidates are looking at their options, MNA Recruitment wanted to honour a popular employee as part of their promotion of their services.

Recruitment business development manager Tracey Thompson said: “Deepa is a very worthy winner and MNA Recruitment was so pleased to award her for her achievements.”

Signal 107 DJ Dicky Dodd said: “Deepa and her colleagues are a brilliant team and they thoroughly deserve this award.”

MNA Recruitment is part of the Midland News Association, the publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Specialising in fixed price recruitment packages for SMEs, MNA Recruitment can help you find your ideal candidate. With 8 out of 10 businesses successfully recruiting first time, find out how we can help you fill your next vacancy today.