The FIRM’s Birmingham Summer Conference 2019


Breakfast & networking: From 8.30am

Presentations & Roundtables: From 9.00am

Close of Day: By 4.00pm

Totaljobs: Driving Diversity in the workplace

With responses from over 8,000 UK workers, Totaljobs and Robert Walters take an in-depth look at Diversity and Inclusion in the modern workforce.

From the barriers to progression, to the role of diversity networks can have in improving inclusion, we look at the importance of representation across all areas of the business, pulling real life examples and providing actionable advice to employers of all sizes.

With case studies of a diverse range of people around the UK, this research shines a light on the challenges facing employers in 2019 and beyond.

Meet & Engage: Candidate Experience Chatbots - The Yodel journey, Ben Gledhill, Head of Resourcing, Yodel

Ben will talk us through his Candidate Experience Chatbot journey, from brief to launch and everything in between. Dealing with massive volumes – including over 6,000 Driver hires – the Yodel team have the ambition to give every candidate the best possible experience. Outcomes include impressive candidate experience scores, a shortened time to hire and huge time-savings for the recruitment team.

Tribepad: ‘Embracing Brexit’

Join Ursula Jayes, who will be talking about Brexit and the effect that it will have on business. This session will focus on the Care industry sector and will discuss:

  • Helping Hands and the growth of their activity across the EU recruitment market – to get best Carers for their customers.
  • Why we need EU hires in the healthcare sector.
  • How we are reacting/planning for Brexit

Capp: Strengths-based Assessment

Hear how adopting a strengths-based approach to assessment & selection can benefit both candidates and employers. It is increasingly evident that some of the more traditional assessment approaches can sometimes provide insufficient insight into the applicants suitability for the role and often deliver an uninspiring experience for both the employer and the candidate.

In this session, Capp will share some of the benefits of leveraging a strengths-based assessment model and making use of the latest talent technology:

  • How to enable companies to discover and measure what matters most
  • How to provide applicants with an authentic insight into the role and working environment
  • How to identify candidates who will not just be able to do the job, but will love doing it
  • How to empower candidates at any stage of the career and the organisations they work for to really thrive

Sova Assessment: Remaking Assessment for the Digital World

Does your hiring process feel like an out of date hurdle race? Do your applicants complete one narrowly-focused test at a time, resulting in a lengthy, disjointed and uninspiring hiring process? Are you making trade-offs between process efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and cost?

All too often organisations make compromises when designing an assessment process. For example, using blunt assessment measures to reduce the volume of applications at the expense of fairness; or introducing multiple assessments to make the best hiring decision, only to alienate your applicants with a long drawn out process.

In this interactive session we will examine these polarities and explore how to build a hiring process without the trade-offs. We will draw on our experience of working with clients in volume assessment, with particular focus on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. You will learn:

  • how to create a fast, seamless, end-to-end assessment process from screening through to digital assessment centre
  • how to ask less, but learn more using whole-person assessment
  • how to measure the true predictors of success in a rapidly transforming world of work, fairly and objectively
  • how this approach is delivering measurable outcomes for organisations such as John Lewis Partnership, Santander, Zurich and RSA Group.

Talent Nexus: Understand the essentials: achieve your recruitment objectives with great content marketing

In this short, sharp session, Rob Prince (Client Services Director, Talent Nexus) will walk you through the essentials of content marketing, and explain how you can utilise key marketing principles to address your current recruitment challenges. Expect to learn:

  • How to use content to improve results throughout the recruitment process
  • How to map content campaigns to your key recruitment objectives
  • How to compile a business case that your leadership team will love

We also have our Member Session with Neil Cox, Former Head of Resourcing at Wesleyan, turned Headhunter as he discusses 'Beating headhunters at their own game'

There are so many benefits to attending a #FIRMday Conference! But what we hope what you take away from the day is:

  • Great networking with peers
  • Understanding the key challenges facing in-house recruiters today
  • Upskilling/ capability building in a supportive and friendly environment

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