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Black Country Partnership Meeting Recruitment Needs

Pilot Blakemore press releaseAn exciting partnership between two Black Country Chamber Members, could lead local businesses to reconsider the way that they train and recruit employees.

Training experts, Pilot, have linked up with A.F. Blakemore & Son in a move that is saving valuable time and money, meeting recruitment needs and offering an avenue to employment for local jobseekers.

A series of innovative Pilot Academies - blending classroom learning and short work placements - has proven to be an effective means of identifying and shaping new talent for Blakemore Logistics’ national distribution centres.

Blakemore Logistics Warehouse General Manager, Stewart Constable said: “We have found training academies to be hugely successful, with positive feedback from staff, trainers and our management team. We are confident that this programme will continue to improve and evolve as each Academy is held.”

Some 24 people have recently been offered full-time employment with A.F. Blakemore through Pilot Academies, joining the market leading wholesaler at their warehouse facilities, in Willenhall.

They include 20 year-old Ben Hawkins, who said: “It is a great way of getting your foot in the door with an employer. I am gaining the skills that Blakemore Logistics require and learning to do things the way that they want them done.”

Pilot is a West Midlands-based national training provider, delivering government-funded programmes and commercial training in a range of sectors, including manufacturing and logistics.

The company has already delivered recognised qualifications and skills development programmes to more than 10,000 new and prospective employees.  

“We are passionate about delivering high impact and life-changing training and recruitment solutions,” explains Pilot director, Spencer Shuter.

“Our award-winning academies are one of our portfolio of proven interventions and we are excited to be working with local employer partners like A.F Blakemore to make a real difference to the recruitment, retention and development of their employees.”

Last modified on Monday, 10 October 2016 14:27

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