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Alexander Mann Solutions Recruitment

Academy in Belfast delivers graduate jobs

by Richard Timmins

Chief Financial Officer 15th Apr 2015

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today attended an awards ceremony for graduates of the Alexander Mann Solutions Recruitment Academy.

The Academy, which has been funded by the Department’s Assured Skills Programme, provides graduates with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities being offered by Alexander Mann Solutions. Nineteen trainees have just completed the Academy with all now interviewing for available posts within the company.

Speaking from Belfast Metropolitan College’s e3 campus, the Minister said: “The Academy is an excellent example of how my Department through the Assured Skills initiative is supporting graduates to find employment. One of the aims of my Department’s Assured Skills programme is to build capacity within the workforce to meet the changing need of employers. The Academy model is a tried and trusted process allowing the trainee to learn the type of work they will be undertaking, but also allowing for the employer to get an insight into their potential employees.

“When we talk to companies about investing in Northern Ireland, we emphasise the skills of our people. I know that Alexander Mann Solutions have been impressed by the pool of talent they have found in Northern Ireland and the high calibre of the trainees. This augurs well for the company’s recruitment plans, and I believe that, following the success of this intake, plans are being initiated for another Academy in the New Year.”

The Academy has been designed by DEL, Alexander Mann Solutions and Belfast Met under the Assured Skills initiative. Targeting graduates from any discipline, the Academy has provided them with an intensive six week training programme covering a range of training in the recruitment sector.

John Collington, Chief Operating Officer, Alexander Mann Solutions, said: “As a company, Alexander Mann Solutions believes that people are the foundation for success; our ability to hire and nurture talented individuals is critical. The Alexander Mann Solutions Recruitment Academy programme is key in enabling us to source, hire and develop a new generation of talented and high-potential individuals as we look to build and grow our organisation in Belfast. At the core of the programme, we’ve looked to provide participants with a broad range of skills required to be successful in business alongside a specific focus on recruitment skills, candidate sourcing techniques and the identification and engagement of talented candidates to meet our global clients’ requirements.

“Our congratulations to the inaugural graduates, we look forward to welcoming you to the Alexander Mann Solutions team. We’re also thrilled to continue to partner with the DEL and Belfast Met as we endeavour to provide graduates with inspiring careers in the talent management sector.”

The Alexander Mann Solutions Recruitment Academy also provides the base for a number of accredited external qualifications such as the Institute of Leadership and Management and bespoke accreditation aligned to industry specific professional competencies.

Dr Mark Brotherston, Curriculum Area Manager, Business Academies, Belfast Met said: “The Alexander Mann Solutions Recruitment Academy facilitates an innovative approach to recruiting talented young individuals from all degree and third level education disciplines and backgrounds, providing them with tailored professional development to attain the skills required to have successful long term careers within the emerging markets which are continually developing in Northern Ireland.”


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