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The service from Venquis has always been of a very high level with all vacancies filled within 4 weeks which is an impressive achievement within the London Insurance Market. In 2013 we entered a Managed Agency relationship with Venquis, giving Venquis exclusive access to Business Change vacancies reducing our overall costs of recruitment and further leveraging the great service that Venquis provide.
Venquis are a proactive recruitment company who have worked hard to become a preferred supplier. They attract quality professionals in both the contract and permanent positions and understand their chosen business areas well. Most important to me is their communication approach, which is open, available but never overbearing. They are also trustworthy and recognise the value of long-term relationships.
ATOS has been recruiting Technology & Business Change candidates from Venquis for many years and the service has always been of a very high level. Venquis has introduced us to some exceptional people. As a further indication of my overall satisfaction with Venquis I have recommended Venquis to various personal contacts who have always been delighted with their tailored approach and results.
Just over three months ago, I joined Venquis as a trainee in the Venquis Academy, as part of the Insurance Permanent team, specialising in placing developers into that market. Starting a new job as a recent graduate, you usually head into it with preconceptions, but recruitment is a bit of an odd one when it comes to that as it’s not on the list of mainstream jobs grads go into and, I believe, most people still don’t have a clear idea of what it is exactly. So, why recruitment? For many people, recruitment seems to be one of those sales jobs for those who don’t really know what they want to do, and they go into it until they have made up their minds about their ‘actual career’. Now I would be lying if I said that I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I had a vague idea of what recruitment was, but it’s such a multi-faceted industry that, unless you’ve done it, you can't have a clear idea of what it entails, how it works and what will be expected of you. After finishing university and considering various options, recruitment just seemed like the ideal fit. I wanted to be autonomous, in charge of my own career, and I wanted to get into something entrepreneurial, but something that related to people. Recruitment was the only thing that ticked all the boxes for me. My first day - The Venquis Academy So, joining the Venquis Academy I had no idea of how I was going to be trained, and the first few days were kind of intimidating. There I was surrounded by all these people walking around on the phone, speaking about things I’ve never heard of, sounding so confident in everything they said. Every now and again someone would ring the bell signalling they’ve made a placement for a client, and all I could think of was ‘Will that ever be me?’. Luckily, the way the Academy is structured really allows trainees to be trained in the most efficient way through a blend of theory, observing the more experienced consultants around you, and most importantly, by sitting down and doing the job. There is no perfect formula for how to do recruitment. Talking to people every moment of every day will inevitably make every conversation and situation different, so a trial and error approach is the most effective way to learn. 13 weeks later - Onto the Insurance desk Thanks to the 13-stage programme, I’ve managed to go from clueless grad to knowing what I need to do to become a successful recruiter. And now, everything I’m hoping to get out of this career seems more achievable. One of the best things about Venquis is probably the fact that there are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to deciding where you want to head. Whether I decide I eventually want to start managing people as team lead, or I wanted to move to the client side of the business, it’s all possible. The one thing that’s for sure is that I can see myself staying here for years to come. Even though it’s still a competitive sales environment, there is plenty of support and everyone is extremely friendly and ready to help. More than any other job, recruitment allows you to take charge of your career and how much you’re getting out of it. It’s all in your hands, all you have to do is decide what you want out of it and persistently work hard towards that goal. As Academy trainer Danielle always says, it’s 'will over skill'. Visit www.venquis.com/join-us to find out more about training and the exciting opportunities we have here at Venquis.
Venquis is hosting its next breakfast event on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 with guest speaker Alastair Campbell. Writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communcations and strategy. For the first time, Alastair Campbell will be speaking at one of our 'Change and Transformation' breakfast events. He will be joined by the leaders of change and transformation within UK Financial Services at the Don Restuarant. Venue: The Don Restaurant, The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin's Lane, London, EC4N 8AD (google maps) Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Time: 7:30am for an 8am sitdown A full English or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, with juice, pastries, and coffee will be served. This is an invite only event, but if you would like more information please contact Shivani Patel, email@example.com
I work for Venquis as a Regional Recruitment Manager for the South West & the Midlands. As a business, we specialise in business change and IT, placing professionals across several sectors including financial services, retail and utilities. On a personal level, my background largely focuses on delivering change & technology professionals, both contract and permanent, right across the UK for over 7 years. Successful change has always been and is one of the biggest challenges facing modern businesses. As we know, change is essential to success and good leadership plays a huge part in this. So, what does a good Change Manager/Leader look like in 2019? I have spent several years building relationships with senior Change Managers and Heads of Change from various sectors and during this period I have gained a rounded understanding of what clients look out for when hiring for their senior change positions. This tends to evolve all the time but as the year comes to an end, I have been finding out specifically what our clients will be looking for in their Change Leaders in 2019. Stakeholder Management Skills, Communication & Culture Good communication has always been a must for change. Whether its IT transformation, business process change or digital transformation, the general consensus from our clients still puts the onus on a strong communicator being essential for change. Whilst “stakeholder management” skills have always been a given for most hiring managers, there seems to be a new-found emphasis for finding candidates with exceptional stakeholder management skills. Stakeholder engagement and stakeholder management are arguably the most important ingredients for successful project delivery, and yet are often regarded as a fringe activity or one that can be outsourced to BAU functions. Before aiming to engage and influence stakeholders, it’s crucial for Change Managers to find out who they will be working with and relying on throughout the phases of the project lifecycle. Developing relationships results in increased trust which then means people working together more easily and effectively. Investing effort in identifying and building stakeholder relationships can increase confidence across the project environment, minimise uncertainty and speed up problem solving and decision making. In terms of culture, clients like and want to see change professionals that can build and maintain a thriving cohesive environment as well as still finding someone who is not afraid to change the status quo or legacy values, depending on what the change programme is. They want to see the profile of someone that makes the business or programme all-inclusive to every member as well as ensuring that they are clearly communicating across all divisions and workstreams. Also, in terms of ways of working, we are seeing businesses promoting remote access and flexible working hours and this is becoming more and more common across most sectors. The Agile Approach Taking an agile approach to implementing change is highly fashionable for many businesses now. With the growing number of changes businesses are experiencing at any given time, it's clear that change leaders need to be thinking about their own role in the organisation and how they structure their teams to effectively support change. The feedback from some clients show that the success of a change programme with agile methodology will require precise, accurate and timely change management if new ways of working are to be successfully adopted in each sprint cycle. Clients want to see more candidates who are now either experienced in agile or certified in the methodology. We are also seeing more businesses hiring candidates who have come from a waterfall background and then transitioned into agile. Digital transformation will continue to impact change management Regardless of the maturity of the organisation, or the industry it’s in, digital transformation will be impacting on how Change Leaders plan, manage and analyse their programmes. Digital transformation is likely to be a key part of the agenda as we continue into 2019 and although it will have a different meaning to different people within an organisation, how it will affect change management leaders will be similar. Several clients are now hiring candidates who have specific digital transformation experience and have exposure to digital transformation whether this be internally (back end) or externally (front end). The main sector in which I operate is financial services, but this market has always been a good predictor as to what other sectors will embark on the following year. Obviously, major change programmes may change due to which specific location the programme is being run in the UK but here in Bristol, as a known Software Hub for the UK, digital transformation will be at the centre of a lot of change next year. Regulatory Regulatory changes have always played a significant role within wider change management and for 2019, this is no different. As we know regulatory change management in its simplest definition is “managing regulatory, policy, or procedure changes that apply to your business within its specific industry. This year we saw the implementation of GDPR and data protection which impacted on businesses and clients across all sectors. Some of our clients have already alluded to a potential “GDPR 2” being on the horizon, meaning that businesses will have continued process and systems change. Further to this, we have the political uncertainty surrounding the Brexit deal now and many businesses have already made strides to get ahead, whatever the outcome of any proposed deal. For example, Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva have both implemented a Part VII transfer which has essentially transferred their business processes and systems to an EU based office. From a hiring managers perspective, seeing change professionals with strong regulatory change experience is always going to benefit them as a business.
Transforming the world around us and people's lives is at the heart of what we do and this Christmas is no different. Venquis is proud to be supporting Advent of Change. Advent of Change is a charity that began earlier this year with a simple idea, to give the gift of giving itself. Each purchase of an 'Advent of Change' donates to 24 incredible charities, including our charity partner, Shivia. Imagine opening a door every morning in December and instead of finding a piece of chocolate, helping someone in need or making a difference to the planet. This year Advent of Change has partnered with our charity partner, Shivia, a charity which supports small-scale entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities in Nepal and India. It gives families the tools and training to start an enterprise from home so they can earn money. Empowering the people most in need, particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children. At Venquis we are encouraged to get involved with Shivia at home, through charity runs etc. and overseas with some of our leadership team visiting India to do their bit on the ground for the people at the charity. Venquis has purchased the Advent of Change in support of Shivia and the other 23 incredible charities it is supporting. Have you? Find out more about CSR at Venquis: https://www.venquis.com/about-us