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Innovative recruitment in Medway Council

Fri 16 April 2010, 9:16 am

Medway Council is celebrating the completion of a ground-breaking recruitment programme which has culminated in five new jobs for the region. (Sourced from eGov Monitor.)
 
With the effects of the recession generating a need for more skilled workers in the housing sector, Medway Council needed to recruit a number of housing officers to meet increased demand.

Successfully filling these roles in a competitive market led the council to embark on an innovative and thorough recruitment process with the aim of finding the right candidates with the right skills to fit with the department’s working environment and culture.

Working in partnership with Training Synergy (A division of the Synergy Group), Medway Council used its Kickstart programme to not only market and advertise the job vacancies in the local area, but to screen and put potential candidates through assessments and training to find the right employees for the roles.

The initial marketing campaign generated over 700 responses, with 100 candidates being invited to an assessment day in the local area. A final 50 attendees were given a selection of tasks from numeracy and literacy tests, to group exercises and informal 1:1 interviews – allowing the council to view potential employees in a variety of individual scenarios and working as part of a team.

Each module was scored and a final 10 candidates were selected to participate in a five-day training programme to asses how they would perform in the role and give the council a further opportunity to get to know the group of potential employees.

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