Recruitment world comes to life for Lauren and Olivia

Supporting people looking for work is helping two BMet students boost their own professional skill set. Lauren Blundell and Olivia Gallardo are enjoying industry placements at Kelly Services in central Birmingham, gaining first-hand experience of matching jobseekers to their ideal roles. 

As part of the recruitment agency’s project resourcing team, the 17 and 18-year-olds are becoming experts at processing job searches, candidate profiling, interview techniques and spreadsheet summaries. 

“Kelly’s purpose is to enrich people’s lives by connecting them to work,” explained Natalie O’Beirnes, Head of Sourcing Operations, Project Resourcing at Kelly Services.  “We’re proud of the fact that we place thousands of people into work every year. Kelly is undoubtedly a destination for top talent and that is something we wanted to share by working with BMet.” 

Lauren and Olivia’s industry placements are two out of over 105 opportunities arranged by Sutton Coldfield College to provide high-quality work experience to business and creative arts students.  It is a Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) Project from the Department for Education (DFE) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). 

The minimum 45-day placements are delivered flexibly so that employers can give students a variety of activities to complete over a few weeks or a meaningful project to work on long-term. 

Work Placement Officer, Trina Tiernan said: “These are ‘real world’ industry-specific placements that are enhancing the vocational, technical qualifications our students are gaining.  Everyone taking part is really enjoying their experiences, finding it easy to link their work activities back to their studies.  

“We’ve had some fantastic feedback from the employers involved.  The flexible delivery makes it easier for them to come on board and outline a suitable programme of work that is both achievable and beneficial to their business. 

“This is just the beginning for us.  We’re aiming to create many more opportunities like this over the coming year.” 

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