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Investment in training sets Russell Taylor Group on further expansion pathway

Posted by Catherine Tidy on 19/12/2022
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A WORKPLACE strategy to train and develop its own “home-grown” talent is setting Russell Taylor Group on course for its ambitious growth plans for the coming year.
Eleven graduates of the company’s newly-created Training Academy have successfully completed the business’ first intensive training programme to up-skill recruitment teams, from apprentices to existing staff on a route to senior management roles.
Among the delegates were new trainees recently taken on by Burton Manor-headquartered Russell Taylor Group, its Wirral-based subsidiaries Recruit Right and NMS Recruit and Perpetual Partnerships, based in Knutsford.
Company chairman Peter Russell said: “Our strategy of training and developing our own home-grown talent to become the white-collar workforce of the future has been at the forefront of our operations since business start-up 17 years ago. In this period, we’ve supported more than 50 apprentices, many of whom have stayed with us to become key players and senior managers.
“As we reach the end of a record-breaking year with a predicted turnover of £30 million, this new Training Academy has taken our focus to the next level as we plan another ambitious expansion pathway for 2023.
“By further investing in talent and training, we recognise that our people are our most important asset. They belong to the future of our business - as we continue to grow so do they.
“And for employers working with us to recruit labour, it means we can open up more doors of opportunity to provide them with the right workforce with the right skills to make their businesses flourish.”
The groundbreaking project, held at Burton Manor over a three-month period and led by Russell Taylor Group’s training partner Andy Cain, took recruiters through a series of workshops covering marketplace activity and its current challenges, sales techniques, negotiation, developing client relationships, regulatory compliance and, finally, leading them to a detailed presentation to their managers on what they had learned.
Andy, a recruitment specialist with industry experience spanning more than 25 years, said: “The course was intensive - as it needed to be in this fiercely competitive field – and designed to equip delegates with the knowledge and expertise to match employers’ specific needs with the skills of people seeking work.
“Armed with that knowledge, they are now in prime position to progress their own careers and make a difference to others in a world where employment issues have changed beyond recognition in the past few years.
“The new academy is all about success and achievement – for Russell Taylor Group and its workforce and for the impact recruiters will have on business’ future hiring processes.”
Managing director Rob Kurton added: “Skilled job-seekers are still very much in charge of the labour market nationally, with employers in our core operational sectors of construction, scientific, energy, engineering and manufacturing experiencing skills shortages which could pose a threat to their growth.
“Our Training Academy is making sure recruiters are uniquely placed to make successful inroads into plugging some of these gaps as we all work to rebuild the economy.”